More migrant bodies recovered by Tunisian navy


Tunisia’s navy recovered 26 more Tunisian migrant bodies after a boat sank last week in a collision with a navy vessel, bringing the death toll from the incident to 34.

It has caused anger in Tunisia where the families of some migrants who drowned protested in two towns. In the southern town Kebili, protesters burnt a local government building last week.

Last Monday, the navy recovered eight bodies after the collision 54km off the coast, while 38 were rescued.

The navy found 16 more bodies on Monday after recovering 10 more on Sunday, a navy spokesman said.

According to testimony from survivors, there were between 70 and 80 people on board, the International Organisation for Migration said.

The number of migrants trying to reach Italy by boat has shot up in recent weeks as unemployed young people seek to escape poverty.

Tunisia was praised as an example of democratic transition since the overthrow of former president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.