By Euronews with AFP • Updated: 05/07/2021 - 16:56
Migrants rescued by Tunisia's nationalist defender from the Mediterranean get astatine the larboard of el-Ketef adjacent the Libyan border, June 27, 2021. - Copyright FATHI NASRI / AFP
Tunisia's seashore defender recovered the bodies of 21 African migrants connected Monday and rescued different 50 from the Mediterranean Sea, pursuing the sinking of the tiny vessel successful which they were covertly trying to scope Europe.
They were picked up from the h2o disconnected Sfax, a metropolis halfway down the country's eastbound coastline.
"The bodies of 21 migrants person been recovered aft their tiny vessel sank connected July 4th, and 50 were rescued," nationalist defender spokesperson Houcem Eddine Jebabli told AFP.
The migrants were each from sub-Saharan Africa and had embarked from Sfax to effort to scope Europe, helium added.
Sunday's sinking was the latest successful a caller bid of disasters. In total, 4 tiny boats person sunk aft leaving Sfax since June 26, the authorities say. A full of 78 migrants person been rescued portion the bodies of 49 person been pulled from the water.
In addition, connected Saturday (July 3) a vessel which had near Libya with 127 passengers connected committee sank disconnected the seashore of Zarsis successful confederate Tunisia. In each 84 migrants were saved but 43 were missing, the Tunisian Red Cross indicated.
In mid-May the authorities said much than 50 migrants drowned and 33 were rescued aft their vessel sank, besides disconnected Sfax.
Departures from Tunisia towards Europe's coastlines reached a highest successful 2020 not seen since the Arab Spring uprising of 2011. But astir of those seeking exile are nary longer Tunisians.
According to the NGO the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), non-Tunisian nationals -- of whom astir were immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa -- made up 53% of migrants who arrived successful Italy from Tunisia successful the archetypal 3 months of 2021.