At least 43 migrants drown as boat sinks off Tunisian waters


At least 43 people drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisian waters while another 84 were rescued, humanitarian organisation Tunisian Red Crescent has said.

The boat had set off from Libya’s Zuwara port, carrying migrants from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh who were trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, but capsized after its engine broke down.

“The navy rescued 84 migrants and 43 others drowned in a boat that set off from Libya’s Zuwara towards Europe,” Red Crescent official Mongi Slim said in a statement.

Those rescued, off the Tunisian fishing port of Zarzis, were aged between three and 40, according to Tunisia’s defence ministry.

The Tunisian Red Crescent gave them food and drink while looking for space to house them for the required Covid isolation period, local media radio reported.

Libya has been a key transit point for migrants from many countries trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean.

Summer weather has seen an increase in migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa. (Source: BBC)