Dozens of dead after the sinking of four boats off the coast of Tunisia | News
Officials say 98 African migrants and refugees have been rescued and 10 are still missing after the sinking of boats trying to reach Italy.
At least 12 people have died and 10 others are missing after four boats carrying 120 African migrants and refugees sank off the coast of Tunisia as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, an official told Reuters on Saturday. of security.
Ali Aayari, Lieutenant Colonel of the Tunisian Coast Guard, added that 98 people were rescued off Sfax.
Sfax’s coastline has become a major jumping off point for people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East and seeking a better life in Europe.
The Home Office said this week that it arrested more than 20,000 migrants and refugees off its coast last year. At least 15,000 have reached Italian shores in 2021.
In recent months, dozens of people have drowned off the Tunisian coast, with an increase in the frequency of attempted crossings from Tunisia and Libya to Italy.
Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean in recent years.
Figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) showed that more than 123,000 migrants arrived in Italy in 2021, compared to more than 95,000 in 2020.