At least 43 missing after migrant boat sinks off Tunisia coast

At least 43 people were missing off Tunisia’s southeast coast after a boat carrying more than 120 migrants sank, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Saturday.

“Eighty-four migrants were rescued and 43 others disappeared after a boat carrying 127 migrants sank off the coast of Zarzis,” Red Crescent leader Mongi Slim told AFP on Friday evening.

The ship had departed off the coast of Libya, he added, citing survivors’ stories.

The Tunisian navy has rescued “84 illegal migrants of different nationalities,” including from Bangladesh, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea and Sudan, the defense ministry said.

The survivors picked up from Zarzis were between the ages of three and forty, the ministry said, without giving a number for the missing.

It said the boat departed from the port of Zuwara, in northwestern Libya on the night from Monday to Tuesday.


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