Boat capsizes off Tunisian coast, 31 rescued

31 irregular migrants were rescued off the coast of Tunisia after a boat capsized, according to the country’s interior ministry.

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According to the Tunisian Ministry of Interior, 31 irregular migrants were rescued by authorities off the coast of Tunisia.e

Seven migrants were stopped in the Mediterranean town of Kelibia in the northeastern Nabeul province, a ministry statement read.

Adding that a search is still ongoing for 21 missing migrants, seven other migrants were rescued and two bodies retrieved after a boat capsized 10 kilometers off the coat of the central Mahdia province, the ministry further stated.

The same statement expressed that 17 illegal migrants from African nationalities in the coastal Monastir province were stopped from migrating by Tunisian naval forces.

Illegal migration attempts are being stopped and hundreds of irregular migrants are being arrested by Tunisian authorities almost on a daily basis.

Maghreb countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco have witnessed attempts by migrants from mainly sub-Saharan Africa to reach Europe in hope of a better life for years. While some of the migrants manage to reach their destination, others often die during the process.

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