At least 8 migrants died when a boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia while crossing the Mediterranean Sea illegally. 15 more people are missing in this incident. This incident happened when the boat sank while going to Italy.
This information was found in the report of the news agency Reuters.
At least eight migrants died on Thursday when a boat capsized near Tunisia while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, State Monastery Radio reported. 15 more people are missing in this incident.
In addition, the coast guard rescued 14 migrants in a sunken boat in Chebba town of Mahdia region. The boat that sank was carrying more passengers than it could carry. A security official said the boat sailed off the coast of El Awabed in the Sfax region this week. The official also said that most of the migrants on the boat were Tunisians. Sfax’s coastline has become a major point of departure for migrants fleeing poverty-stricken regions of Africa and the Middle East to cross to Europe in hopes of a better life.
In recent months, many people have drowned off the coast of Tunisia. Attempts to cross into Italy from Tunisia and Libya have also increased. In addition, thousands of people have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent years.
At the end of last April, Tunisia’s Ministry of Interior said that they had arrested more than 20,000 migrants from the country’s coastal areas last year. On the other hand, in 2021, at least 15,000 migrants illegally crossed the Mediterranean Sea and reached the shores of Italy.
According to the statistics of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, more than 123,000 migrants illegally crossed the Mediterranean and reached Italy in 2021. In 2020, this number was more than 95 thousand.