Tunisia (Times Of Ocean)- A vessel sailing to Europe carried 60 migrants and refugees, most of them from Syria and Tunisia, according to the International Organization for Migration.
35 refugees feared drowned in Tunisia refugee shipwreck, death toll rises to 25
International Organization for Migration (IOM) says 25 people have died in the shipwreck off Tunisia at the weekend, amid fears that 35 others in the same boat drowned.
IOM said on Sunday that the vessel was carrying 60 migrants and refugees, mostly from Syria and Tunisia.
Civil defence spokesperson Moez Triaa told AFP news agency that the bodies washed up off Cape Bon, a peninsula on the strait of Sicily, Italy.
“The majority came from sub-Saharan Africa, but there were also Syrians,” said Triaa, without providing details on where they had set off from or the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
Libya and Tunisia are key departure points for migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe.
UNHCR reports that around 1,300 migrants and refugees drowned or went missing in 2021 on the Central Mediterranean route, making it the world’s most dangerous migration route.
The International Organization for Migration estimates that more than 18,000 migrants and refugees have died or disappeared while trying to cross since 2014.