The Tunisian Red Cross announced that at least 23 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy. Another 70 people, found near the Miskar gas field, 67 km off the Tunisian coast, were rescued.
The survivors, 32 Sudanese, 37 Eritreans, and one Egyptian (mostly aged between 15 and 40), were taken care of by the Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the port of Zarzis, in southern Tunisia.
Mongi Slim, head of the organisation, said that the boat, which left the port of Zouara, west of Tripoli, “was carrying more than 90 migrants from Libya for Europe.”
Between January and April 2021, 11,000 migrants left Libya for Europe, 73% more than last year in the same period. According to the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this increase is caused by the deterioration of the situation of foreigners in the country.