At least 11 migrants die as boat sinks off Tunisia’s Sfax

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

At least 11 migrants from Africa died when their boat sank off Tunisia on Sunday, as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa, a Tunisian security official said.

Tunisia’s coast guard recovered the bodies of eight women and three children off the coast near Sfax late on Sunday, he said.

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About 30 people had set out on the boat, aiming to reach Italy, officials said.

The coast guard is searching for the other missing people.

Last year, about 90 African migrants drowned after their boat capsized en route to Europe from Libya, one of the worst such accidents in Tunisian waters.

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Last Update: Monday, 12 October 2020 KSA 16:07 - GMT 13:07
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