At least 17 migrants dead in several shipwrecks in Tunisia | News

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At least 17 migrants have died and another 10 are missing after four boats carrying 120 migrants capsized off Tunisia's eastern coast, security officials said.


According to the Tunisian Coast Guard, after having found 12 bodies in the early hours of this Sunday, hours later they found another five dead people who were traveling aboard the shipwrecked boats.

According to the private Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM, most of these migrants come from the Ivory Coast, Mali, Somalia or Nigeria.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported for its part that 97 people were rescued this morning of the 120 who were traveling aboard boats on this migratory route through the Mediterranean to Europe.

The boats were headed for Italy, said Ali Ayari, a spokesman for the Tunisian Coast Guard in the coastal region of Sfax. The exact nationalities of the migrants were unknown.

The country's authorities have assured that the search continues to find the rest of the disappeared, and have confessed that it is possible that the number of deceased will increase, according to Kapitalis FM.

Thousands of migrants try to cross the Mediterranean Sea every year, and Tunisia is one of the main access points to Europe through irregular channels.

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