The ship was “on the verge of sinking”, especially Bangladeshis, Sudanese, Eritreans and Egyptians.
The Ministry of Defense said that on Monday, May 17, the Tunisian Navy rescued more than 100 migrants who tried to secretly enter Italy from Libya and were in difficulty near Djerba.
The navy has identified a ship “Sinking” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it is about 40 kilometers from the coast of Tunisia. The plane carried 46 passengers from Bangladesh, 29 Sudanese, 22 Eritreans, and 11 Egyptians, aged between 15 and 38. Passengers said they left the port of Zouara in Libya on Sunday night and were taken to the shore less than 150 kilometers from the border in the port of Zarzis in southern Tunisia.
Tunisia regularly helps migrants leaving neighboring Libya suffer shipwrecks in the central Mediterranean, which according to the United Nations is one of the deadliest migration routes. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a ship was also found leaving Zouara on Thursday, as well as two Nigerian survivors. The remaining 17 passengers are said to be missing and may be drowning.
Since 2011, the illegal departure of Tunisians and sub-Saharan African nationals from Tunisia has reached an unprecedented peak, and the country has been caught in political struggles and economic difficulties that have intensified the pandemic.
The head of the Tunisian government, Hichem Mechichi, reiterated in Lisbon on Tuesday that the country opposes the establishment of reception centers for immigrants seeking immigrants on its territory, just like other third countries. It is expected that the Italian Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese will discuss assistance and repatriation with the European Commissioner Ylva Johansson in Tunisia on May 20.