At Least 2 Migrants Dead, 21 Missing in Shipwreck off Tunisia

Not less than two migrants died, twenty one missing and seven rescued after their boat capsized on Sunday off the Tunisian coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisian officials said

According to the spokesman at the court in Mahdia, a Tunisian port, coast guards were alerted by a survivor. Ferid Ben Jha disclosed that all 30 migrants onboard were Tunisian citizens who wanted to cross the Mediterranean and reach Italy.

A coast guard official said the shipwreck was probably due to bad weather and the boat being too small, with a capacity estimated to be only up to six people.

He said prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into human smuggling.

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He said; several Tunisian ships were involved Sunday in an ongoing search-and-rescue operation at sea.

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