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At least 21 people have been killed in a shipwreck off the coast of Tunis

Twenty-one bodies of migrants were recovered by Tunisian seafarers after the boat sank on Sunday, the National Guard (Gendermay) announced on Monday, July 5. All of these immigrants who left Sfox in central Tunisia were from sub-Saharan Africa and secretly sought to reach Europe. Fifty people were rescued, according to the same source.

Since June 26, four boats departing from Sfox have been wrecked, 78 migrants have been rescued and 49 bodies have been recovered since the tragedy, the Tunisian National Guard said. In addition, July 3, A boat carrying 127 passengers from Libya sank off the coast of southern Tunisia. Eighty-four migrants have been rescued and 43 are missing, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Saturday.

Departures from Tunisia to European beaches in 2020 reached unprecedented peaks in 2011. The majority of the deportees are no longer Tunisians. According to the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights, 53% of migrants from Tunisia to Italy in the first quarter of 2021 are foreigners, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa.

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369 emigrants were rescued by the “Ocean-Viking”

From Libya, 369 migrants were rescued overnight from Sunday to MondayOcean-Viking, The rescue ship of SOS Méditerranée at sea. Wooden boat reported “Tragedy in Libyan search and rescue region” On Sunday afternoon, a volunteer charity spokesman said the rescue operation then lasted more than five hours. Of the 369 people rescued on the plane, SOS Méditerranée identified nine women, one child, two children and 110 unsupported minors, particularly those from Egypt, Bangladesh or Eritrea.

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Sunday afternoon, theOcean-Viking He had already come to the aid of 71 immigrants In a wooden boat with a heavy load in the Maltese search and rescue area. Its residents fled Libya, where they left three days ago. With no food or water on board, they were exhausted by the time they were rescued. In all, the boat now has 572 survivors, SOS Méditerranée said on its Twitter account.

The Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF) marine rescue vessel Geo Parents is still stationary in Italy due to a study. Geo Parents ” 22 failures were identified and ten of the ships remained immovable. ”, The voluntary charity explains in a news release. MSF “Ready to make necessary changes”, Rate it “This study marks the first and foremost opportunity to halt relief efforts under administrative procedures.”

“Although systematic, these port controls are now being used by state authorities to target NGO vessels and prevent rescue operations. These are purely political motives. ”, MSF Representative for Ocean Search and Rescue condemned Tucsio Staterini. “Lives are unnecessarily lost in the Mediterranean as ships of humanitarian charities are detained.”, He lamented.

Since the beginning of 2021, 866 migrants have died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration. United Nations recently Knit Libya and the European Union.

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