At least 20 die as migrant boat sinks off Tunisia’ coast of Sfax

Tunisian coast guards rescue African migrants stranded on a boat coming from Libya, near Sfax, on the Tunisian coast. (File photo: AFP)

At least 20 African migrants died when a boat carrying more than 50 people sank off Tunisia, an official said on Tuesday.

The bodies were found off the coast of Sfax on Tuesday, the official said. A total of 53 people had set out on the boat at the weekend aiming to reach Italy.

Coast Guard units and the army were searching for the other missing people.

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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.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 09 June 2020 KSA 20:14 - GMT 17:14