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49 Bangladeshi migrants rescued from Mediterranean

  • Published at 06:50 pm July 11th, 2021
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Migrants of South Asian origin rescued by Tunisia's national guard during an attempted crossing of the Mediterranean by boat rest at the port of el-Ketef in Ben Guerdane in southern Tunisia near the border with Libya on June 24, 2021 | AFP

On July 3, at least 43 migrants, including Bangladeshis, went missing while 84 were rescued

Tunisia navy has rescued 49 undocumented Bangladeshi migrants from the Mediterranean Sea.

The Bangladesh nationals boarded the oil platform "Didon" on Thursday after their boat broke down 80km off the coastal town of Zarzis, close to the Libyan border, according to Tunis Afrique Presse.


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The migrants, aged between 16 and 50, were heading towards Europe and had set sail from the Libyan coast on July 5, the Tunisian defence ministry said.

"The Bangladesh nationals were transferred to the El Ktef seaport in Ben Guerdane city where they will be handed over to National Guard," it added.


Also Read: Tunisia rescues 264 Bangladeshi migrants adrift in Mediterranean Sea


Several migrant boats sank recently while trying to reach Europe as more people are now trying to make the dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea to the continent amid warmer summer weather.

Between June 26 and July 3, Tunisian naval authorities fished out 49 bodies of migrants and saved 78 after four boats sank off the coast of Sfax city.


Also Read: Bangladeshis among 178 migrants rescued in Mediterranean


On July 3, at least 43 migrants, including Bangladeshis, went missing while 84 were rescued after a boat heading towards Europe drowned off the coast of Tunisia.

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