Tunisian authorities on Sunday recovered bodies of 35 migrants who were killed after a boat capsized off the coast of the north African country.
According to an interior ministry statement, 68 people were rescued out of the boat that carried about 180 migrants, on the way to Europe. There were nationals from Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, and Cameroon.
The statement said that the coastguard and the navy carried out search operations.
The country has become a preferred route to Europe for the desperate migrants, who depart in makeshift vessels after the Libyan authorities tightened restrictions at its coastal areas.
Better economic opportunities are the major driving force behind the migration, as the migrants flee poor economic conditions in their countries.