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Four pregnant women among 20 dead after migrant boat sinks, Tunisian authorities say

Four pregnant women among 20 dead after migrant boat sinks, Tunisian authorities say
Four pregnant women were among 20 migrants whose bodies were found off Tunisia's coast after their smuggling boat sank, Tunisian authorities said Friday, as search efforts continued for 13 others believed missing.

Four pregnant women among 20 dead after migrant boat sinks, Tunisian authorities say Tunisian coast guard officers stand next to the covered dead bodies of migrants in the port of Sfax, central Tunisia, Thursday, Dec.Coast guard officials and local fishermen retrieved the bodies and brought them to shore, and transferred them in white body bags to a nearby hospital where autopsies were carried out.Coast guard boats and navy divers were searching for the 13 missing, but found no new bodies or survivors Friday, amid strong winds and high waves in the area.HOUSSEM ZOUARI/AP TUNIS, Tunisia — Four pregnant women were among 20 migrants whose bodies were found off Tunisia's coast after their smuggling boat sank, Tunisian authorities said Friday, as search efforts continued for 13 others believed missing.

Tunisian authorities say they have intercepted several migrant smuggling boats recently, but that the number of attempts has been growing, notably between the Sfax region and the Italian island of Lampedusa.Nineteen of the 20 migrants who died in Thursday's sinking were women, according to Mourad Torki, the court spokesman for the Sfax region in central Tunisia.

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