The number of bodies recovered off the Nabeul coast in northeastern Tunisia has grown to 20, the private radio station Shems FM reported Saturday.

Iran PressAfrica: "Security personnel retrieved eight bodies off the coast of Nabeul today, raising the total number of bodies to 20," Shems FM said.

"Most of the bodies that were retrieved belong to illegal immigrants with Syrian passports," it said, adding the rest of the bodies have been transferred to an autopsy agency for the verification of their identities.

Xinhua cited the reportd as saying: "Search is still underway for other immigrants."

Located in the central Mediterranean, Tunisia is one of the most popular points of illegal immigration to Europe.

Although Tunisian authorities have adopted rigorous measures to tackle the problem, the number of illegal immigration attempts from Tunisia to Italy has increased.


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