Medenine: 20 corpses of African migrants victims of a shipwreck buried in Zarzis
16/07/2019 21:35, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The municipality of Zarzis began Monday to bury the first group of African migrants victims of a shipwreck off the coast of the governorate of Medenine after the arrival of the remains of Gabes where genetic analyses were carried out.

The municipality of Zarzis continues to prepare graves in the new cemetery by mobilising a team of workers and equipment while waiting for 20 more bodies to arrive on Tuesday, Mayor of Zarzis, Makki Larayedh told TAP correspondent.

The "Burial is normal, with the graves aligned next to each other and each remains carries data obtained from the DNA analysis with an identification plate placed on each grave to facilitate the identification process," he said.

More than 82 bodies found on the shores of Djerba, Zarzis and Ben Guerdane are expected to be buried after 6 other bodies were found yesterday, according to Larayadh.

"We had to face a real crisis and the municipality, the coastguard and civil protection were mobilised to recover a large number of decomposing corpses transferred to Gabes for autopsy before being brought back to Zarzis, which alone supported this humanitarian work," he added.

In this regard, he deplored the rumours spread about the method of burial of bodies and the "absence of UN organisations in charge of immigrants who did not even set up a means of transport" on this occasion.

The mayor of Zarzis said that burial operations will continue, stating that the city has a total of more than a thousand graves of victims of illegal migration from Libya since 2011.

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