The death toll in a migrant shipwreck off of Tunisia’s coast has risen to 53, Tunisian officials said Friday, as efforts to flee the conflict in Libya spike. The boat had set sail last Saturday before capsizing and sinking over the weekend, officials said. The first bodies were recovered on Sunday. Search teams recovered the bodies of a further 13 men and women on Thursday, Tunisia’s defense ministry said. The bodies of two toddlers and 20 adults washed up on the shores of Tunisia’s Kerkennah Island in the Mediterranean Sea, while 19 more bodies were founding floating in the waters. Read more: Germany’s EU presidency should work to reform asylum policy: Seehofer All passengers from sub-Saharan Africa Many of the victims were buried in the coastal city of Sfax on Wednesday, the region’s health director told The Associated Press. It is likely that all bodies have been recovered, the head of the Red Crescent in Sfax told the DPA news agency. Friends of people on board said there had been 53 people on the vessel, according to a spokesperson for Sfax courts Murad al-Turki. Watch video 03:04 Share Migrants struggle in Calais Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit… Read full this story
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