At least 39 migrants were killed in a shipwreck in Tunisia. Among the victims were four children. About 165 people on board could be rescued.
Off the coast of Sfax, eastern Tunisia, two boats, most of them sub-Saharan migrants, crashed last night. A Marine Guard spokesman said they were trying to reach Europe illegally. The boats were on their way to the Italian coast. There is still a search for other potential survivors.
Every year, thousands of migrants from Tunisia and Libya cross the perilous route to Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 1,200 people lost their lives in 2019.
Between January 1 and February 21 this year, 3,800 illegal immigrants arrived in Italy by sea, according to the High Commissioner for Refugees. Nearly a thousand of them left Tunisia, while 2,500 others came from neighboring Libya.
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