Death toll from migrant shipwrecks off Tunisia rises to 17

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AMMAN — The death toll from several migrant shipwrecks off the Tunisian coast has risen to 17 people. Reuters cited a judicial official as saying on Sunday, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

On Saturday, the Tunisian coast guard said four boats carrying 120 African migrants headed for Italy had sunk off the coast near the city of Sfax.

Another five bodies were recovered on Sunday, adding to 12 found by the coast guard overnight, said Mourad Turki, spokesperson for Sfax Courts. The coast guard said 98 people had been rescued.

The coastline of Sfax has become a significant departure point for people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East and seeking a better life in Europe.

In recent months, dozens of people have drowned off the Tunisian coast, increasing the frequency of attempted crossings from Tunisia and Libya toward Italy.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made the dangerous Mediterranean crossing in recent years.

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