At least 17 Bengali migrants drown off Tunisia in shipwreck, says Red Crescent

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At least 17 Bengali migrants drowned in a shipwreck off (*17*) as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya, whereas greater than 380 have been rescued by the coastguard, the Tunisian Red Crescent stated on Wednesday.

The boat had set off from Zuwara, on Libya’s northwest coast, carrying migrants from Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali and Bangladesh, the humanitarian organisation stated. “17 Bengali died and more than 380 other migrants rescued in a boat that set off from Libya’s Zuwara towards Europe,” Red Crescent official Mongi Slim stated.

In current months, a number of individuals have drowned off the Tunisian coast, with a rise in the frequency of tried
crossings to Europe from (*17*) and Libya in direction of Italy because the climate has improved.

Hundreds of hundreds of individuals have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in current years, lots of them fleeing battle and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

Arrivals in Italy, one of many important migrant routes into Europe, had been falling in current years, however numbers picked up once more in 2021.

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