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The head of the Red Crescent in Medenine, Tunisia, Mounji Salim, told the German news agency (dpa) that the naval units recovered 38 bodies on the southern coasts, including 36 in the region of Zarzis and two on the coasts of Djerba. The total number of victims to date has risen to 58 out of more than 80 lost at sea.

The bodies were taken to the Gabes City Hospital for DNA testing, while burial operations began in the same city due to high temperatures, he said. A new cemetery for the immigrant victims is being built in Zarzis, where they were buried in another cemetery. On Saturday, the bodies of a three-year-old boy and two women, one of them pregnant, were found.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said last Thursday that a boat carrying 80 migrants had sunk, according to one of the three survivors. Al-Manji Salim said that the search operations carried out by the Red Crescent, the Tunisian National Guard and the Coast Guard were continuing. Salim pointed out that the number remains a candidate for the increase with the continuation of combing and searching.

On July 3, fishermen on the coast of Zarzis found four stranded migrants stranded in the sea, one of whom died in the hospital. The Marine Guard later reported that the survivors were among 86 migrants from African countries who had earlier flown on a rubber boat from the Libyan coast of Zuwara to reach the European coast. The bodies were buried in a cemetery in the neighboring city of Gabes after being presented to forensic autopsy.

In May, at least 70 illegal migrants were stranded off the southern coast, while 16 others survived after a ship sank from Libya's Zuwara coast en route to the Italian coast. .

Tunisia saw the worst drowning of migrants in June last year when more than 80 illegal immigrants drowned in a complex coup packed with immigrants miles away from the island of Kergana.

(AFP, AFP, Reuters)

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