At Least 13 African Migrants Dead, Another 10 Missing as Two Migrant Boats Sink Off Tunisia

At least 39 migrants died when two boats sank off Tunisia on Tuesday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa. — Reuters/File

At least 13 African migrants died when their boats sank off Tunisia, judicial official Mourad Turki told Reuters on Saturday.

Another 10 migrants were missing off the coast of Sfax and 19 were rescued, the official added.

Among the bodies recovered were four women and four children, Turki said.

In recent months, dozens of people have drowned off the Tunisian coast, with an increase in the frequency of attempted crossings to Europe from Tunisia and Libya towards Italy.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent years, many of them fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Moataz Mohamed; Editing by Alex Richardson