Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tunisia denies having recovered the bodies of drowned immigrants

Tunisian Maritime Guard, responsible for relief operations along its coasts, has denied Friday rescuing the bodies of migrants missing Thursday after shipwrecked. With this, contradict statements by the local Red Crescent and the UN. "We have recovered only two bodies of yesterday" and "we have suspended search operations due to bad weather," said Friday the Maritime Guard director, Lotfi Baili.

"We currently two bodies" of emigrants, confirmed Lt. Col. Tahar Landoulsi, Maritime Guard chief in Sfax in the south of the country where operations are coordinated. Red Crescent Sfax ahead of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, that between 120 and 150 bodies were recovered from the sea.

For its part, Carole Laleve, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, had said on Friday that the bodies were in "the costs of Kerkenah" and "search operations continue."

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