At Least 20 African Migrants Killed in Shipwreck off Tunisian Coast

At least 20 African migrants and refugees were found dead after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa, Tunisian authorities said on Thursday.

At least 20 African migrants and refugees were found dead after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa, Tunisian authorities said on Thursday.

Mohamed Ben Zekri, a spokesman for the Tunisian Defense Ministry, said a fisherman discovered the lifeless bodies of the boat’s passengers.

He said the Tunisian navy was able to rescue five survivors. Authorities are still searching for about 20 others who were still missing.

National Guard spokesman Ali Ayari said the boat was overloaded and in poor condition as it faced strong winds while sailing, causing it to sink.

“The boat sank about six miles from the coast of Sfax. Twenty bodies were recovered, five others were rescued, and all are from sub-Saharan Africa,” Ayari said in a press release.

He also said that about 45 people were on the boat when it capsized.

The shoreline near the Tunisian port city of Sfax and the coast of neighbouring Libya have been popular departure locations for individuals who wanted to escape from the violence and prolonged economic difficulties in Africa and the Middle East as they attempt to look for better opportunities in Europe.


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