The Tunisian coast has witnessed countless tragedies since 2011 as many immigrants drown in an attempt to flee conflict in various areas across African. In many instances, the bodies of these victims are only found later by Tunisian Coast Guard officials.
A report reached the Red Crescent on Saturday, July 7th, confirming that the Tunisian Coast Guard had recently retrieved dozens of bodies between the ages of 20 and 30 years old.
The report concluded that a tragedy had occurred at sea on or around Monday, July 1st, when an inflatable dinghy carrying 86 migrants capsized near Tunisia. The boat overturned just hours after departing the Libyan town of Zuwara, west of Tripoli. The intention of the boat's crew was to reach Italy.
Ever since the incident, different reports have been coming in, indicating the retrieval of multiple bodies along the southern Tunisian coast, including the beach of Zarzis.
According to Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesperson for the UN’s International Organisation for Migration, “About 80 migrants are feared dead. More updates are needed in order to confirm what happened and the actual number of missing.”
The Libyan territory has been going through an intense series of conflicts and horrifying abuses that have created an immigration crisis that worsens with every migrant who attempts to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.
The situation in Libya has recently begun to raise even more concerns with the bombing of the migrant centre in Tripoli that killed at least 53 people, according to the World Health Organisation.
The Italian government remains resolute in its decision to deny entry to migrant rescue ships.