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More than 100 migrants stranded near Puerto Rico await help


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities say they are trying to rescue more than 100 migrants stranded on an uninhabited island near Puerto Rico during a human smuggling operation. The nationality of the migrants awaiting help on Mona Island on Tuesday wasn’t immediately known. It also wasn’t clear if anyone in their group drowned before authorities were notified of the situation. The island is located in the treacherous waters between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and has long been a dropping off point for human smugglers promising to ferry Haitian and Dominican migrants to the U.S. territory aboard rickety boats. Dozens of them have died in recent months.

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