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Tunisia Retrieves Bodies of 24 Drowned Migrants Off Sfax Coast

Tunisia Retrieves Bodies of 24 Drowned Migrants Off Sfax Coast

Thursday, 5 May, 2022 - 08:45
A Tunisian national coast guard helps a migrant child to get off a rescue boat in Jbeniana, Safx, Tunisia April 23, 2022, in this screen grab taken from a handout video taken April 23, 2022. (Reuters)

Tunisia’s coastguard has retrieved 24 more bodies of migrants who had been among about 120 people on boats that sank off the Tunisian coast in late April, a judicial official said on Wednesday.


On April 23, the Tunisian coast guard said four boats carrying 120 African migrants headed for Italy through the Mediterranean had sunk off the coast near the city of Sfax.


The confirmed death toll has now reached 67. More than 50 people are still missing.


The Interior Ministry revealed that it had arrested 20,616 people in 2021 during attempts to cross towards Italy. Among these were 10,371 foreigners, most of who are from sub-Saharan African countries.


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