(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) Tunisian coast guards have retrieved 29 bodies of illegal
immigrants after two boats sank off Tunisian coasts, Tunisian
National Guard said Sunday, trend reports citing xinhua .
Houcemeddine Jbabli, Tunisian National Guard's spokesman, told
Xinhua by phone that the two boats sank on Saturday night off the
coast of Sfax province in southeastern Tunisia and Mahdia coast in
"The Tunisian coast guard units in Mahdia managed last night to
retrieve 27 bodies of illegal immigrants after their boat sank
while trying to cross the Mediterranean towards the Italian coast,"
"Two bodies of illegal immigrants were retrieved off the coast
of Sfax," he added.
A total of 11 immigrants of sub-Saharan African nationalities
were rescued during the operations, and the search for the missing,
the number of which was not specified, is still underway, he
Jbabli emphasized that those immigrants were trying to cross the
Mediterranean toward the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The island of Lampedusa, the first stop usually chosen by
illegal immigrants for their sea voyage toward Italy, is about 80
km away from the Tunisian coast.
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