Rescue ship picks up 200

    The migrant ship Ocean Viking has rescued 203 people, including 67 minors, in recent days, the owner of SOS Mediterranee said on Sunday.

    The migrants came from Egypt, the Gambia, Libya, South Sudan, Syria and Tunisia, the NGO said in a Twitter post. They have been rescued in four separate operations since Thursday.

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    Once rescued in the waters around Malta on Sunday, Ocean Viking took 71 migrants aboard an overloaded wooden boat that had boarded from Libya three days earlier, SOS Mediterranee said.

    They had consumed food and water supplies and four people “had to be evacuated on stretchers”, the group added.

    Since the beginning of the year, 886 migrants have died in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe, according to data collected by the International Organization for Migration.

    SOS Mediterranee reports that it has saved more than 30,000 people since February 2016.

    Meanwhile, at least 21 migrants have died after the ship carrying them sank off the coast of Tunisia, a security official said, the second such disaster in two days in the region.

    The Coast Guard recovered the bodies Sunday from the port of Sfax, said Colonel Husem Jebli of the National Guard.

    On Saturday, at least 43 migrants drowned and another 84 were rescued after sinking in the Tunisian coastal community of Zarzis.

    Authorities say migrants were trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, Reuters reported.

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