Death toll from migrant boat wreck off Tunisia rises to 53

Corpses found include at least 24 women of sub-Saharan origins

12 June, 13:17

    TUNIS - The number of corpses recovered by the Tunisian navy in the area of the sea between El Louza (Jebeniana) and Kraten off the Kerkennah islands has risen to 53. The bodies are those of passengers who had been on a boat carrying migrants, most of whom sub-Saharan origins, who left from Sfax over the night between June 4 and June 5 and were heading for the Italian coast, the TAP news agency quoted the Sfax civil defense chief as saying. According to Sfax regional health director Aly Ayadi, among the corpses found were those of at least 24 women including one pregnant woman, about 10 men and three children, all of whom believed to be from sub-Saharan Africa, and a 48-year-old Tunisian from Sfax who had been at the held of the fishing boat that sunk. After undergoing DNA testing, the corpses will be buried in the El Saltnya cemetery in the outskirts of Sfax. 

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