Eleven Drown As Migrant Boat Sinks Off Tunisian Coast

The possibility of death in the high seas does not deter migrants who wish to escape the continent

No fewer 11 bodies have been recovered after a boat carrying 25 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa sank off the Tunisian coast.

The boat capsised off the coast of Louata in the province of Sfax on Sunday, official news agency TAP reported on Monday.

The bodies found were eight women and three children.

Seven others were rescued by the Tunisian coastguard, as rescue operations continued in search of more survivors.

In June, a migrant boat sank off Sfax, leaving at least 60 people dead.

The Tunisian coast has become a common launch point for thousands of migrants, including Tunisians, seeking a better life in Europe.

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In June, more than 50 people died when a migrant boat heading for Italy sank off the Tunisian city of Sfax. The deceased included two toddlers whose bodies were washed up on the beaches of Kerkennah Island alongside 19 other bodies.

In May, Tunisian authorities said at least one migrant drowned and six were missing from another shipwreck. More than 80 were rescued.

According to the United Nations refugee agency, attempts to reach the Italian coast from Tunisia increased by 150 percent in the first four months of the year, compared with the same period in 2019.

In 2019, 86 people died when their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia’s southern town of Zarzis.

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