- Nov 10, 2014
This is beyond tragic. What a terrible loss of life. No one seems able or inclined to seek out the smugglers who exploit people and send them to their death.10.05.2019 - 20:17 clock
At least 65 people drowned off the Tunisian coast, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
The boat, with which the migrants wanted to get to Europe, had gone down about 80 kilometers from the Tunisian coastal town of Sfax, the organization said on Friday. It is the worst incident for several months.
The Tunisian news agency TAP spoke with reference to local authorities even of 70 dead.
Fishermen who had been near the scene of the accident saved 16 people from drowning. One person was taken directly to the hospital, while others waited in the southern city of Zarzis for permission to go ashore, the UNHCR said.
According to authorities, the migrants came mainly from countries south of the Sahara. On late Thursday evening, they made their way to Europe in the Libyan port city of Suara, survivors told the UNHCR. Subsequently, the boat got into distress due to high waves.