Not less than 43 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, whereas one other 84 have been rescued, the Tunisian Crimson Crescent informed Reuters on Saturday.
The boat had set off from Zuwara, on Libya’s northwest coast, carrying migrants from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh, the humanitarian organisation mentioned.
In latest months, a number of drowning incidents have occurred off the Tunisian coast, with a rise within the frequency of tried crossings to Europe from Tunisia and Libya in the direction of Italy because the climate has improved.
“The navy rescued 84 migrants and 43 others drowned in a ship that set off from Libya’s Zuwara in the direction of Europe,” Crimson Crescent official Mongi Slim mentioned.
Lots of of hundreds of individuals have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing lately, lots of them fleeing battle and poverty in Africa and the Center East.
Arrivals in Italy – one of many foremost migrant routes into Europe – had been falling lately, however numbers picked up once more in 2021.
Nearly 19,800 migrants have arrived for the reason that starting of the 12 months towards simply over 6,700 in the identical interval final 12 months, Italian inside Ministry figures present.
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