The Tunisian Red Crescent Society told Reuters that at least 43 migrants drowned in a shipwreck near Tunisia while trying to cross the Mediterranean on their way from Libya to Italy. 84 of them were rescued.
The ship set sail from Zuwari on the northwest coast of Libya. Humanitarian organizations said he was transporting migrants from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh.
There have been several drowning incidents off the coast of Tunis in recent months, and as the weather improves, attempts to cross from Tunisia and Libya to Italy have increased.
Red Crescent Society official Mongi Slim said: “The Navy rescued 84 migrants, 43 of them drowned on a ship sailing from Zuware, Libya to Europe.”
In recent years, thousands of people have chosen to cross the Mediterranean dangerously, many of them to escape conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
In recent years, the number of people arriving in Italy-one of the main immigration routes to Europe-has been declining, but this year this number has risen again.
According to data from the Italian Ministry of the Interior, nearly 19,800 immigrants have arrived since the beginning of this year, compared with 6,700 in the same period last year.