Almost 50 bodies pulled from water after four boats sink

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Tunisian fishermen and naval authorities have retrieved scores of bodies of drowned migrants and rescued more than 160 others in recent days after multiple boats sank while trying to reach Europe.

Coast guard and naval units found 49 bodies and saved 78 migrants after four boats sank off the coast of the city of Sfax between June 26 and July 3, national guard spokesman Houssameddine Jbabli told The Associated Press on Monday.

No details about the people trying to make the crossing were immediately available.

Separately, a boat carrying 127 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and Asia capsized Saturday off the coastal town of Zarzis, close to the Libyan border. 

A migrant cemetery at the Zarzis port.
One of the cemeteries at the Zarzis port is already filled with those who died trying to make the crossing. Source: AP

Authorities said 43 died and 84 were rescued by fishing crews and naval teams. 

The Tunisian Red Crescent said the boat left Libya’s coastal city of Zuwara on Friday to cross the Mediterranean Sea toward Italy.

Several migrant smugglers’ boats have capsized in the region recently, as attempts to make the dangerous crossing to Europe become more frequent amid warmer summer weather.

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