Monday, 23 May, 2022

Bodies of 17 migrants found off Tunisia coast

The bodies of 17 migrants who were attempting to reach Europe have been found off Tunisia's northeast coast, the civil defence said on Saturday.

The bodies washed up off Cape Bon, a peninsula on the strait of Sicily, between Friday and Saturday, spokesman Moez Triaa told AFP.

"The majority were from sub-Saharan Africa but there were also Syrians," Triaa said, without providing details on where they had set off from or the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

Tunisia and neighbouring Libya are key departure points for migrants seeking to reach European shores.