At least 50 migrants have died after a vessel they were aboard capsized in waters between Malta and Tunisia, the UN migration agency has confirmed.
At least three bodies have been retrieved, with dozens still missing, Tunisian authorities have confirmed. At least 16 migrants were saved after a fishing boat picked them up, a spokesperson from Tunisia’s defence ministry said today.
The vessel capsized about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Sfax, some 270 kilometres south of Tunis.
It is believed there were between 60 and 70 sub-Saharan African migrants aboard the vessel, which left from the coastal city of Zuwara in Libya.
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???? Urgent: Another tragedy in the Mediterranean where a migrant boat leaving from #Libya capsized off the Tunisian coast. Initial reports suggest that over 50 lives were lost.
— IOM Libya (@IOM_Libya) May 10, 2019