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Deadliest Voyage Yet: 71 Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks
Twenty others are in hospital as relatives fearing the worst are gathering at the border crossing of Lebanon and Syria as the Europe-bound vessel sank off the Syrian coast after departing from Lebanon. (Lebanese Transport Ministry)
The tragedy comes amid a spate of crossings as Lebanon suffers financial collapse and poverty rockets to 6.5m people.
Migrants are boarding rickety, cramped boats to cross into Europe, and the Cypriot Joint Rescue Coordination Center have reported rescuing two other vessels carrying a total of 477 passengers this week.
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