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Boat with rescued migrants blocked from Tunisia


An Egyptian boat that rescued 75 migrants in intercontinental waters was blocked Saturday evening off the Tunisian coastline.

The authorities claim not to have the logistics to welcome these new migrants, in accordance to the captain of the boat and a Tunisian NGO.

The ship, a tanker-towboat serving an offshore oil platform from Tunisia, passed a boat with a damaged engine on Friday early morning, carrying 75 migrants.

In the absence of rescue intervention, as the weather deteriorated, the tug brought the migrants on board and headed for the port of Zarzis in southern Tunisia.

But since Friday night, the Tunisian authorities have been denying the boat access to the port, reported the Tunisian Discussion board for Economic and Social Legal rights (FTDES), a Tunisian NGO. 

In accordance to the NGO, the migrants – 64 Bangladeshis, nine Egyptians, just one Moroccan and a single Sudanese – departed from western Libya.

The NGO further mentioned that the regional governor is demanding government help before accepting the migrants citing the increase in new arrivals from neighbouring Libya in modern months.



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