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More than 70 migrants dead after boat sinks off Syrian coast

The bodies of 77 migrants have been found after the boat they were travelling in sank off Syria's coast.
 
Twenty survivors are being treated in a hospital in the Syrian city of Tartus.
 
Officials said Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian nationals - including women and children - were believed to be among about 150 people who were on board when the boat sank on Thursday.
 
It is not clear what caused the accident. A rescue attempt is ongoing.
 
Officials say the vessel had departed from Minyeh, a city near the Lebanese port city of Tripoli.
 
The boat is believed to have been heading to Europe when it sank.
 


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