TUNISIA, Dec. 27 (AP) Tunisian authorities have discovered the bodies of four people believed to be African migrants, including a pregnant woman, off the coast of the Mediterranean island of Kerkena, Tunisia’s regional prosecutor said Monday.
Prosecutor Faouzi Masmoudi told The Associated Press that the body had been handed over to the district hospital in the city of Sfax.
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They were found early Sunday and appeared to have drowned a few days earlier, he said. Asked about online claims that a newborn baby was among the dead, he said only adult bodies had been found.
Tunisian authorities believe the men traveled by boat from Tunisia or neighboring Libya. Authorities are investigating what happened and are seeking any information on other passengers.
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Thousands of people are believed to have crossed the border from Tunisia into Europe this year. Many are fleeing conflict or poverty elsewhere in Africa. But growing numbers of Tunisians, young people or entire families, are grappling with a long and worsening economic crisis and political tensions.
Many people died during the dangerous journey. The International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project estimates that around 2,000 people have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean this year, mostly on the central Mediterranean route, including Tunisia. (Associated Press)
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