75 people missing and 1 dead after immigrant ship sank from Tunisia


Tunis, Tunisia — International Organization for Migration said 75 people went missing after a crowded migrant ship sank from Tunisia on Wednesday, increasing the number of security officials at risk of dangerous crossings to Europe Said that.

According to the IOM, 24 people were rescued from a sunken boat off Sfax after leaving the beaches of Zawara, Libya.

Tunisia’s security officials told Reuters that the Coast Guard had recovered the bodies as they continued to search for the 75 missing people.

Over the last few months, the frequency of crossing attempts from Tunisia and Libya to Italy has increased, and dozens of people have been drowned on the Tunisia coast.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed the dangerous Mediterranean.

According to statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 123,000 illegal immigrants arrived in Italy in 2021, compared to more than 95,000 in 2020.

Tarek Amara

Reuters

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