Wednesday, September 29

At least 17 migrants killed and 160 rescued after a boat sinks off the coast of Tunisia



At least 17 migrants have died and about 160 have been rescued by the Tunisian Coast Guard after the sinking of a boat off the coast of the African country, as reported by the Tunisian Red Crescent.

The head of the agency in the province of Medenine, Mongi Selim, has indicated in statements to the station Al Yauara that the rescued have been transferred to the Zarzis harbor, where they will be quarantined due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Near 950 people have lost their lives trying to reach the coasts of southern Europe so far this year, including more than 780 who have perished in the central Mediterranean area, which connects Libya and Tunisia with Italy and Malta, according to data published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) through its website.

IOM said last week that about 1,150 people have died in the first half of 2021 reaching the shores of Europe via the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, a figure more than twice as high to the one registered in this period during the past year.

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