60 migrants drown off Tunisia: Red Crescent

Tunisian coast guards patrol the area off Tunisia's northern town of Bizerte on March 30, 2017. On May 11, 2019, the Tunisian Red Crescent said about 60 migrants died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. PHOTO | MOHAMED KHALIL | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Survivors told the Red Crescent the tragedy unfolded after some 75 people who had left Zuwara on the northwestern Libyan coast late Thursday on a large boat were transferred to a smaller one that sank off Tunisia.
  • They said the boat was heading to Italy and had on board only men, 51 from Bangladesh, as well as three Egyptians, several Moroccans, Chadians and other Africans.
  • According to the UNHCR, the journey across the Mediterranean "is becoming increasingly fatal for those who risk it".



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