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Not less than 17 Bengali migrants drown off Tunisia in shipwreck, says Pink Crescent


Not less than 17 Bengali migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya, whereas greater than 380 have been rescued by the coastguard, the Tunisian Pink 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 organisation mentioned. “17 Bengali died and greater than 380 different migrants rescued in a ship that set off from Libya’s Zuwara in the direction of Europe,” Pink 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 the direction of Italy because the climate has improved.

A whole lot of hundreds of individuals have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent times, lots of them fleeing battle and poverty in Africa and the Center East.

Arrivals in Italy, one of many fundamental migrant routes into Europe, had been falling in recent times, however numbers picked up once more in 2021.

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