Tunisia finds 58 bodies on its beaches

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Posted: May 10, 2011 4:03 PM
Tunisia finds 58 bodies on its beaches

Tunisia's government says that 58 bodies were discovered in April on the country's Mediterranean beaches, likely migrants headed to Europe in small boats that sank.

The official TAP news agency quoted an Interior Ministry statement Tuesday as saying the bodies, mostly males, were found by the coast guard on beaches of central and southern Tunisia _ the closest points to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

More than 20,000 Tunisian migrants have fled home amid unrest since Tunisia's autocratic leader was ousted Jan. 14.

A separate Interior Ministry statement Tuesday said 826 criminals and delinquents have been arrested in a six-day sweep of the country by security forces, some accused of pillaging, setting fires or throwing stones at police.