At least 43 migrants and refugees are feared to have drowned while 84 were rescued after a shipwreck off Tunisia’s coast, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Saturday.
The boat had set off from Zuwarah on Libya’s northwest coast, carrying migrants and refugees from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh, as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, the organisation said.
Libya is a frequent departure point for Europe-bound migrants making the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing.
Since 2014, more than 20,000 migrants and refugees have died at sea while trying to reach Europe from Africa.
At least 866 people are feared to have drowned while making the journey across the Mediterranean from North Africa this year.
More than 40 people died when a boat sank off Tunisia’s coast in April. In March, 39 died off the coast of Sfax.
In June last year, at least 60 were killed when a boat sank.