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Death toll in migrant ship disaster off Tunisia rises to 50

Reuters/AFP/Tunis
Filed on June 11, 2020 | Last updated on June 11, 2020 at 07.18 pm
tunisia, migrant crisis, boat collapse
Illegal migrants are seen on a boat after being rescued by the Tunisian navy off the coast near Ben Guerdane, Tunisia.

(Reuters)

Last year, 86 African migrants drowned after their boat capsized having set off for Europe from Libya, in one of the worst such accidents in Tunisia.

The death toll from a ship packed with African migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast this week has risen to 50 after Tunisia recovered more bodies on Thursday, a civil protection official said.

On Tuesday 20 bodies were found off Tunisia's Mediterranean coast near Sfax on Tuesday. A total of 53 people had set out on the boat at the weekend aiming to reach Italy.

Last year, 86 African migrants drowned after their boat capsized having set off for Europe from Libya, in one of the worst such accidents in Tunisia.

"The number of bodies recovered has risen to 46. The coast guard is continuing searches to find more bodies within this ship," said Mourad Maechri, the civil protection official.

Among the dead were at least 23 women and two children, he said.


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