At least six migrants died Thursday after two boats attempting to reach European coasts were shipwrecked off the coast of Algeria, the African country’s authorities confirmed.
According to the Algerian authorities, four bodies were found near the coast of Mostaganem, while two more, including that of a child, were found off Ain Temuchent. In addition, 24 people were saved alive.
The operation began early Thursday on reports of the sinking of a boat off the town of Uled Ghalem, killing at least four people and rescuing five.
A second boat then capsized near Ain Temuchent, after which authorities recovered the bodies of a woman in her thirties and a nine-year-old child. According to the newspaper ‘Tout sur l’Algerie’, 19 people were saved alive.