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Tunisian Forces Intercept Illegal Migration Attempt

Tunisian Forces Intercept Illegal Migration Attempt

Saturday, 13 August, 2022 - 07:30
An NGO crew member helps migrants to get onboard after their wooden boat overturned during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean Sea. (AP)

The Tunisian Interior Ministry said five illegal migration attempts were intercepted on Friday, rescuing 82 people.

National Guard units “from the north, center, south and coast” of Tunisia foiled the attempts “as part of the fight against irregular migration,” a statement said.

Friday’s statement said 76 people were rescued in four operations at sea, and another six were intercepted on land in the Gabes and Sfax areas.

The statement said that both Tunisian and foreign currency were seized, although the amounts were not specified.

Also, media in the North African country reported a shipwreck on Tuesday off the Kerkennah islands in which eight Tunisians — three women, four children and a man — died. Another 20 people were saved.

On Sunday, the National Guard said that 170 people from sub-Saharan Africa were among 255 migrants intercepted during 17 attempted crossings.

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