The number of illegal immigrants killed after their boat sank off the southeastern coast of Tunisia on Sunday has risen to one hundred and twelve, according to the United Nations’ migration agency.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) updated the death toll on its Twitter account today.
The ill-fated boat was packed with about one hundred and eighty migrants, including eighty from other African countries. A total of sixty-eight illegal immigrants mostly Tunisians were rescued by the coastguard.
Tunisia has become an important new route for migrants trying to reach Europe in the past year, and Kerkennah is known as one of the main illegal gateways.
According to IOM, since the beginning of this year, about one thousand, nine hundred and ten Tunisian migrants have reached Italy by sea.