The lives of 65 migrants was cut short after their boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia early this morning,according to the UN refugee agency.
The Tunisian Red Crescent on Saturday put the figure at around 60, noting that most of the migrants were from Bangladesh and the boat was heading to Italy.
According to the Survivors, they told the Red Crescent that the tragedy unfolded after some 75 people who had left Zuwara on the northwestern Libyan coast late Thursday on a large boat were transferred to a smaller one that sank off Tunisia.
A Red Crescent official said, “The migrants were transferred into a smaller inflatable boat which was overloaded, and 10 minutes later it sank.”
Tunisian fishermen rescued 16 people and brought them to shore in Zarzis.