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Shipwreck leaves 4 Tunisia migrants dead, 7 missing

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            Four Tunisians, including a girl, were killed and seven others are missing after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the central city of Sfax, authorities said on Friday.
The ship had left Tunisia on Wednesday and sank overnight near the Kerkennah islands, National Guard spokesman Houssem Eddine Jebabli told AFP.
Shipwreck leaves 4 Tunisia migrants dead, 7 missing

Four Tunisians, including a girl, were killed and seven others are missing after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the central city of Sfax, authorities said on Friday.

The ship had left Tunisia on Wednesday and sank overnight near the Kerkennah islands, National Guard spokesman Houssem Eddine Jebabli told AFP.

“According to witnesses, there were 32 migrants on board, all of them Tunisians,” he said, adding: “We rescued 21 and quickly recovered a first body.”

The coast guard later found three other bodies, including that of a girl of about 10 years old, Tunisian media reported.

“Search operations to find the other missing persons continue,” the spokesman added.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has previously said that more than 2,500 people have died or gone missing in 2021 while trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean and Northwest Africa route.

More than 115,000 people arrived by sea in Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus and Malta last year, according to UNHCR.

Tunisia is a key transit point on the route for migrants, both from within the country and abroad, seeking to reach Europe.

The country, the birthplace of the Arab Spring protests more than a decade ago, has been engulfed in a political crisis since President Kais Saied took power on July 25, 2021.

The president suspended parliament and sacked the government and said he would assume executive powers, before moving to rule effectively by decree.

Since the uprising 11 years ago, the country has struggled to meet the economic needs of the people.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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