UPDATED: 35 more bodies of migrants recovered in the Ionian Sea

Hawrami also noted that at the same spot where the boat of Kurdish migrants sank, another boat of Afghan migrants also sank, so the bodies were mixed. DNA tests are being conducted on the bodies, but results will take time.
The bodies of some of the 64 migrants missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their shipwrecked off Italy's southern coast are disembarked at the Roccella Ionica, June 19, 2024. (Photo: AP)
The bodies of some of the 64 migrants missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their shipwrecked off Italy's southern coast are disembarked at the Roccella Ionica, June 19, 2024. (Photo: AP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Awara Hawrami, Kurdistan24's correspondent, said that the yacht carried 76 people and 11 of them survived, seven of them Kurds. After the discovery of the bodies of 35 migrants, the fate of 30 others remains unknown.

Hawrami also noted that at the same spot where the boat of Kurdish migrants sank, another boat of Afghan migrants also sank, so the bodies were mixed. DNA tests are being conducted on the bodies, but results will take time.

"The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) calls for the investigation to be completed as soon as possible and the bodies to be returned,” she stated.

She also added that upon the recommendation of Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, a KRG government team along with a KRG representative in Italy will provide all the assistance and services the survivors of the boat sinking need.

A boat that capsized in the Ionian Sea has left dozens of migrants, many of them Kurds, missing, Italian media reported on June 17.

Updated at 21:15