At least 23 African migrants drown in shipwreck off Tunisia, NGO says

At least 23 migrants from Africa drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, and 70 have been rescued, the Tunisian Purple Crescent humanitarian organisation mentioned on Tuesday.

Greater than 120 migrants have died in current weeks in comparable incidents off the Tunisian coast, as improved climate has elevated the variety of journeys from Tunisia and Libya in the direction of Italy to achieve Europe.

“(The Tunisian) navy rescued 70 migrants, as 23 others drowned in a ship carrying greater than 90 migrants that set off from Libya in the direction of Europe,” Purple Crescent official Mongi Slim informed Reuters.

The navy additionally rescued 39 different migrants who have been on one other boat that sank off the coast of Sfax.

The U.N. refugee company UNHCR says fewer than 23,500 folks have made it throughout the ocean to Europe this 12 months, with most new arrivals touchdown in Italy and Spain from Tunisia and Algeria.

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