Up to 70 migrants drown after their boat sinks off Tunisia

Tunisia, A U.N. migration official and Tunisia’s state news agency said as many as 70 migrants have drowned when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea and at least 16 other people have been rescued.

An official with the International Organization for Migration in Tunisia said the smuggling boat was coming from Libya when it sent a distress signal in international waters early Friday off the Tunisian coastal city of Sfaxe. The official said between 60 and 70 people drowned.

The state news agency TAP said 70 people drowned as the boat sank and that fishing boats rescued 16 people.

Source: Jordan News Agency