The sojourn of eight migrants have ended abruptly after their boat sank following a crash with a Tunisian navy vessel in the Mediterranean.

Eight bodies were found and 38 people rescued after the unidentified boat “collided with a military vessel” Sunday evening when it was approached some 54 kilometres (33 miles) off the islands of Kerkennah, ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati said.

He added search operations were continuing.

This is happening few weeks after 50 migrants drowned after their boat ran out of fuel and capsized off the Libyan coast.

The dinghy, which had been carrying at least 100 people, had set off from Libya's western city of Sabratha last Friday, local officials told the BBC.

The vessel was adrift for days before it capsized and was washed onshore near the city of Zuwara.

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