INTERNATIONAL

56 ‘boat migrants’ drowned

More than 50 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean on Sunday, the majority off the coasts of Tunisia and Turkey. Tunisian authorities said 47 bodies were recovered off the country’s southern coast, close to the city of Sfax, while 68 people were rescued.

The International Organisation for Migration said there were more than 70 survivors from the shipwreck, with spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo cautioning that the final number of missing was still uncertain. The latest shipwreck is the most deadly in the Mediterranean since February 2 when 90 people drowned off the coast of Libya.

Also, nine migrants, including six children, drowned when their vessel sank off the coast of Turkey.