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New tragedy in the Mediterranean: At least 29 migrants dead after two boats sink



The victim was from a sub-Saharan African country and was on his way to Italy.

At least 29 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa died in the Mediterranean after two boats sank. This was reported by the Tunisian Coast Guard on Sunday.

Eleven people rescued by emergency teams after sinking off Mahdia, Tunisia.

Since last week, five migrant ships have sunk in the southern city of Sfax, leaving a total of 67 missing so far.

Massive increase in immigration in the Mediterranean

The Tunisian coastguard said it had blocked the advance of about 80 ships bound for Italy in the past four days and detained more than 3,000 people, mostly from African countries.

At least 12,000 migrants arriving on Italian territory this year sailed from Tunisia, a significant increase from the 1,300 registered in the same period in 2022, according to UN data.

This situation arises as a major starting point for people fleeing poverty and conflict in Africa and the Middle East, hoping that Tunisian territory will replace Libya and build a better life in Europe.

But there have also been recent losses during Tunisian authorities’ campaign to arrest undocumented sub-Saharan Africans.

The Tunisian Coast Guard has blocked more than 14,000 migrants from leaving the country by boat in the first three months of 2023, according to statistics from the Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights.

Source: Biobiochile

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