Tunisian authorities detain 155 migrants and refugees of different African nationalities after thwarting five illegal crossings off the coast of Sfax, state news agency reports.
Four boats carrying at least 120 African migrants sank off Tunisia's coast killing 12 and ten more are still missing while 98 have been rescued.
The boat sank 10 kilometres from the coastline near the city of Sfax, a member of the coastguard said. Rescue operations are continuing.
Boat sinks 40 nautical miles off the coast of Sfax, south of the capital Tunis, Tunis Afrique Presse agency reports.
Most of those who drowned, drowned off the coast of Tunisia and Turkey, but final number of those who died in the ill-fated Mediterranean crossings could still rise.
After a Tunisian aviation engineer was executed in his car, Hamas has accused Israeli intelligence of killing the man who was discretely overseeing the development of its fledgling drone programme.
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