Not less than 13 African migrants have reportedly died when their boats sank off Tunisia.
The judicial official, Mourad Turki who announced this further disclosed 10 migrants were missing off the coast of Sfax and 19 were rescued.
“Among the bodies recovered were four women and four children,” Turki said.
In recent months, dozens of people have drowned off the Tunisian coast, with an increase in the frequency of attempted crossings to Europe from Tunisia and Libya towards Italy.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent years, many of them fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.