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Pain! More than 210 migrant bodies found on Tunisian coasts in less than 2 weeks



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In two weeks, 210 bodies of migrants were recovered in Tunisia.
These bodies belong to people trying to illegally cross the Tunisian coast.
The bodies found on the beach were announced on Friday.

Tunisia: The coastguard of the North African country Tunisia said it recovered nearly 210 bodies of migrants in two weeks who washed up on the central coast of the North African country amid a continuous increase of migration. There has been an increase in such incidents in this area for some time. According to National Guard housekeeper Jebabli, preliminary investigations indicated that the migrants were from sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the AP news agency, the number of bodies found was announced on Friday. About 70 of the 210 dead migrants found in the 10 days beginning April 18 were found on beaches east of Sfax, neighboring islands of Kerkennah and Mahdia, according to prosecutor Fouzi Massamoudi, who oversees migration issues. . He said these three areas are the starting point for most escape attempts on the Italian coast, including the remote island of Lampedusa.

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The growing number of dead migrants has filled the morgue at Habib Bourguiba Hospital in Sfax, which has a capacity of 30 to 40 bodies. Massamoudi said that to ease the pressure on hospitals, local authorities are working to expedite the burial of victims after DNA testing and possible identification by relatives.

Romadhne Ben Amor, spokesperson for the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), a non-governmental organization specializing in migration issues, said local authorities pledged last year to build a special cemetery for the immigrants. Amor said the cemetery is not ready yet, which makes it difficult to find the graves. Tunisia and the European Union have agreed to promote the voluntary return of sub-Saharan migrants to their country of origin, the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Thursday, following a visit by the European Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. interior Ylva Johansson at the start of the week.
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During his stay, the EU official met with Tunisian Foreign Minister Nabil Ammar, Interior Minister Kamel Feki and Social Affairs Minister Malek Ezzahi. According to the International Organization for Migration, migration to Europe is on an upward trajectory to reach 189,620 by 2022. This is the most since 2016, when some 400,000 people fled their homes, and a year after more than a million, mostly Syrians, fled war and took refuge in 2015.

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