Death toll from migrant shipwreck off Tunisia rises to 11

Death toll from migrant shipwreck off Tunisia rises to 11
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TUNIS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The death toll from a migrant shipwreck off Tunisia last week has risen to 11, most of them Tunisians, as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, TAP state news agency said on Sunday. It was also reported that five more bodies were found by Coast Guard and Navy units on Saturday night as part of a search operation to find migrants who disappeared following a shipwreck off Chebba (Mahdia) on Sept 6. read more

The coastguard rescued 14 migrants who had been on the overcrowded boat, which sank off Chebba town in Mahdia region.

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12 other still missing as nearly 37 had been on board.

The boat set off from El Awabed coast in Sfax region.

The coastline of Sfax has become a major departure point for people fleeing poverty in Africa and the Middle East for a chance at a better life in Europe.

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Reporting By Tarek Amara
Editing by Tomasz Janowski

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