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Red Crescent: At least 17 Bangladeshi migrants drown off Tunisia in shipwreck

  • Published at 09:44 am July 22nd, 2021
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File photo: A boat, overcrowded with migrants, is seen, capsizing in the Mediterranean Reuters

Tunisian coastguard rescues 380 others from the Mediterranean Sea

At least 17 Bangladeshi migrants have drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Wednesday.

More than 380 others were rescued by the coastguard at the same time.

The boat had set off from Zuwara, on Libya's northwest coast, carrying migrants from Bangladesh, Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Mali, the humanitarian organization said.


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"Seventeen Bengali died and more than 380 other migrants (were) rescued in a boat that set off from Libya's Zuwara towards Europe," Red Crescent official Mongi Slim said.

In recent months, several people have drowned off the Tunisian coast, with an increase in the frequency of attempted crossings to Europe from Tunisia and Libya towards Italy as the weather has improved.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent years, many of them fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

Arrivals in Italy, one of the main migrant routes into Europe, had been falling in recent years, but numbers picked up again in 2021.

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