A boat carrying scores of migrants has sunk in the Mediterranean, killing at least three people and leaving dozens of others missing and feared dead, Tunisian officials have told the AFP news agency.
The bodies of three people who drowned in the incident off the Tunisian coast were found Friday, a spokesman for the country’s defence ministry told AFP, adding the boat left Zwara on the northwestern Libyan coast on Thursday.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), meanwhile, put the death toll at at least 50, with 16 survivors.
“Another tragedy in the Mediterranean,” the IOM said.
According to reports by Tunisia’s state-run TAP news agency, the boat carrying as many as 70 migrants sank 40 nautical miles off the coast of Sfax, some 270km south of the capital, Tunis. Fishing boats rescued the survivors, TAP said.
An IOM official told The Associated Press news agency those on board included Bangladeshi and Moroccan nationals, among others.