The bodies of sixteen migrants have been recovered after their boat collided with a Navy vessel on October 8, putting the death toll to 34.
‘‘All the bodies are of male victims and there is a teen of less than fourteen – years old”, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told local media.
The incident has caused widespread outrage in Tunisia where the families of victims protested in towns. In the southern town of Kebili, protesters set fire on a local government building last week.
Last Monday, authorities recovered eight bodies after the collision 54 km (33 miles) off the coast, while 38 were rescued. The bodies of ten other migrants were found on Saturday night.
According to testimony from survivors 90 people had been on board hoping to make their way to Italy when the navy vessel collided with their boat. Some even accused the marine unit of having premeditated the collision.
Tunisia has been praised as an example of democratic transition since the overthrowing of former president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Nevertheless, many young people lack job opportunities.
Statistics compiled by the IOM and the Italian government showed that ‘1,400 Tunisians had arrived in Lampedusa and western Sicily in September alone’, seeking better opportunities in Europe.