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4 dead as migrant boat sinks off Tunisia coast

September 13, 2023 at 2:32 pm

The Tunisian National Guard rescues irregular migrants off the city of Sfax as they try to make their way to Europe on 12 August 2023 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

At least four people died on Wednesday after a boat carrying irregular migrants sank off Tunisia’s southern coast, according to local authorities, Anadolu Agency reports.

Three children and a woman lost their lives when the boat sank off the coast of the south-eastern port city of Sfax, Fawzi Al-Masmoudi, a spokesman for the Court of First Instance in Sfax, told Anadolu.

“Twenty-one migrants were rescued from the sunken boat,” he added.

The spokesman said legal measures were taken against the migrants, without providing any further details.

For years, North African countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco have witnessed attempts by migrants – mainly from sub-Saharan Africa – to reach Europe, hoping for a better life.

According to Tunisian authorities, over 37,000 irregular migrants had been arrested in 2022.

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