At least 17 migrants have drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Tunisia while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get from Libya to Italy, Reuters reported Wednesday, July 21, citing the local Red Cross office.
All of the dead were Bangladeshi nationals, it said. At the same time, the coast guard managed to save 380 people.
The ship departed from the port city of Zuara on the northwest coast of Libya. On board were migrants from Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali and Bangladesh, said the Tunisian Red Cross.
It is noted that attempts to cross to Europe from Tunisia and Libya via Italy have increased in recent months as the weather has improved.
In April, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution establishing a monitoring mission in Libya to oversee the cease-fire. The SB “adopts the composition and aspects of the monitoring group proposed by the Secretary General,” according to the text of the document.
The group, whose responsibilities will include monitoring the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries, will be stationed in Libya’s Siroi when security conditions permit.