By Kwante Dougas –
According to the Tunisian Red Crescent, at least 17 Bengali migrants drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Tunisia as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, while more than 380 were rescued by the coastguard.
According to the humanitarian organization, the boat left Zuwara on Libya’s northwest coast carrying migrants from Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali, and Bangladesh.
“In a boat that set sail from Libya’s Zuwara towards Europe, 17 Bengalis died while more than 380 other migrants were rescued,” Red Crescent official Mongi Slim said.
Several people have perished off the coast of Tunisia in recent months, with a rise in the number of persons attempting to cross to Europe from Tunisia and Libya to Italy as the weather has improved.
In recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean, many fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
In recent years, arrivals in Italy, one of the primary migrant routes into Europe, had been declining, but in 2021, they began to rise again.