At least 17 Bengali migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya, whereas greater than 380 had been rescued by the coastguard, the Tunisian Red Crescent mentioned on Wednesday.
The boat had set off from Zuwara, on Libya’s northwest coast, carrying migrants from Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali, and Bangladesh, the humanitarian group mentioned.
“17 Bengali died and more than 380 other migrants rescued in a boat that set off from Libya’s Zuwara towards Europe,” Red Crescent official Mongi Slim mentioned.
In current months, a number of individuals have drowned off the Tunisian coast, with a rise within the frequency of tried crossings to Europe from Tunisia and Libya in direction of Italy because the climate has improved.
Hundreds of 1000’s of individuals have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent times, a lot of them fleeing battle and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
Arrivals in Italy, one of many most important migrant routes into Europe, had been falling in recent times, however numbers picked up once more in 2021.