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Over 100 irregular migrants held off coast of Tunisia

114 migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea held in two separate operations

Adel Bin Ibrahim Bin Elhady Elthabti,Gülşen Topçu   | 14.06.2021
Over 100 irregular migrants held off coast of Tunisia

TUNIS, Tunisia

At least 114 irregular migrants were held in two separate operations off the coast of Tunisia, the country’s Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Some 101 irregular migrants who were attempting to reach Europe were held off the coast of Sfax by the country’s naval forces, said the ministry.

They were sent to Sfax to initiate legal procedures.

In a separate operation, 13 irregular migrants, two of them women, were held off the coast of Djerba island.

Irregular migration to Europe continues because of economic and humanitarian crises experienced by most of the countries in the region.

At least 500 people are known to have lost their lives this year trying to make the dangerous sea crossing along the Central Mediterranean route, according to UN Refugee Agency spokeswoman Carlotta Sami.

*Writing by Busra Nur Cakmak

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