Tunisia: Eleven migrants killed in latest Mediterranean accident


A Tunisian National Coast Guard helps a child get off a lifeboat in April

At least 11 people are said to have died in a shipwreck off the coast of Tunisia, and 12 others are still missing.

Tunisia’s coastguard rescued 14 people after the boat carrying 37 migrants to Italy sank on Tuesday

Five more bodies were recovered Saturday night, state news agency TAP said, bringing the death toll to 11.

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More than 1,000 migrants are said to have died trying to cross the central Mediterranean this year.

The figures come from the UN agency, the Institute of Migration. Of the 1,033 migrants classified as dead or missing, 960 are said to have drowned.

The Tunisian boat departed from the Sfax region and sank about 40 miles (40 km) down the coast at Chebba, Mahdia.

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The coastline around Sfax has become an important departure point for people trying to cross the Mediterranean in hopes of reaching Europe.

The Italian island of Lampedusa is located between the east coast of Tunisia and Sicily and is often a destination for those wishing to reach Europe from North Africa.

According to the EU border agency Frontex, there were 52,000 “illegal entries” through the central Mediterranean route between January and August this year, with the migrants mainly from Tunisia, Egypt and Bangladesh.

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