21 migrant bodies retrieved in Tunisia coast

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Coastguards in Tunisia have retrieved the bodies of 21 sub-Saharan migrants and rescued 50 after their boat sank off the port city of Sfax.

According to National Guard Spokesman, Houcem Eddine Jebabli, twenty-one bodies of migrants were recovered after their boat was shipwrecked on July 4, and 50 were rescued.

He explained that the migrants, all from sub-Saharan Africa, had been trying to reach Europe.

According to Jebabli,  four boatloads of migrants had sunk since June 26 after setting off from Sfax, with the bodies of 49 people recovered and 78 rescued.

On Saturday, a boat that had set off from neighbouring Libya the previous day with 127 people on board went down off Zarzis on Tunisia’s southern coast after which 43 migrants went missing.

Meanwhile, the country’s defence ministry said the navy had rescued “84 illegal migrants of various nationalities” including from Bangladesh, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea and Sudan.

Tunisia and neighbouring Libya are key departure points for migrants, many from sub-Saharan Africa, who attempt the dangerous crossing from the North African coast to Europe, particularly Italy.

 



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