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Death Toll in Boat Migrant Accident off Tunisia Reached 82

Death Toll in Boat Migrant Accident off Tunisia Reached 82

Sunday, 14 July, 2019 - 11:45
Migrants near Libya’s west coast. Reuters
Asharq Al-Awsat

The number of bodies recovered by Tunisia after a ship packed with migrants sank off its coast last week has risen to 82.

The incident is one of the worst disasters in recent years, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Saturday.

The boat capsized after setting off for Europe from neighboring Libya, Reuters reported. Survivors told the Tunisian coast guard last week that it had been carrying 86 people.

Four people were rescued by Tunisian fishermen but one later died in hospital, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said last week.

“After a week of searches, all the 82 bodies who were in the boat that sank last week were recovered,” Mongi Slim, an official of the Tunisian Red Crescent, told Reuters.

Libya’s west coast is a main departure point for African migrants hoping to reach Europe.

Earlier in May, 65 migrants heading for Europe from Libya drowned when their boat capsized off Tunisia.

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