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Tunisia says 23 migrants missing after setting off in boat to Italy

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About 23 migrants were missing after setting off in a boat from Tunisia towards Italy, the country’s national guard said on Saturday.

Tunisia is facing a migration crisis and has replaced Libya as a main departure point for people fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East in the hope of a better life in Europe.

The national guard said it had deployed floating units and had informed the navy to help in the search for the missing people.

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