Medenine-Shipwreck: 47 bodies of migrants recovered in Zarzis and Djerba coasts
12/07/2019 15:01, MEDENINE/Tunisia

(TAP) - Forty-seven bodies of migrants were recovered throughout Thursday until late hours of the night in Zarzis and Djerba coasts by the Coast Guard and Civil Protection units, supported by volunteers from the Tunisian Red Crescent (CRT).

The shipwrecked were aboard a boat that had left the Libyan coasts to Europe early July, carrying 86 migrants, including 7 women and 3 children.

"Four migrants were saved, one of whom died at the Zarzis Regional Hospital early last week," said Spokesman for the Southern Coastguard District Rachid Bouzidi to TAP.   

The number of bodies recovered, from the beginning of searches until Thursday at midnight, reached 72 bodies, mainly stranded on the coasts of Zarzis, Djerba and El Ketf in Ben Guerdane. A dozen migrants are still missing.

The bodies, in decomposition, were transferred to Gabes for genetic analysis before burying them either in Gabes or in Zarzis, in the cemetery reserved for migrants which has already been saturated with the frequency of shipwrecks of irregular migrants from the Libyan coasts.

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