75 people have been reported missing after a boat transporting around 100 people to Europe illegally sank off near the south-eastern city of Sfax in Tunisia.
Coast guard and navy units were able to save 24 of the migrants who were on board, according to Houcem Eddine Jebabli, spokesperson for the National Guard.
He said that the would-be migrants on board the stricken boat were “of different African and Asian nationalities”.
“According to the first elements of the investigation, the inflatable boat had left the coast of Zouara in Libya during the night of 22 to 23 May with about one hundred people on board,” he added, adding that only one body had been recovered.
The news comes just days after two other boats sank off the coast of Sfax province.
In one of the incidents, eight Tunisians from the central coastal city of Monastir went missing, according to the state-run Shems FM radio station.
At least four other migrants died and 10 were reported missing in the other incident, following the sinking of a boat carrying 58 migrants.
Tunisia is one of North Africa’s main transit points for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, Arab countries and South Asia attempting to make the crossing to Europe.
Since the beginning of the year, 6,340 migrants have been intercepted and returned to Libya, according to a report by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), published on Monday.
At least 129 people have died attempting the crossing and 459 are missing and presumed dead, according to the IOM.