Tunisia - Today (15 September) a group of 16 migrants – among 131 people rescued at sea by Tunisian authorities on 23 August – will be returning home with IOM’s help. Another group of nine migrants who sought IOM assistance will be returning home by the end of the week. Last Friday, seven women from Nigeria and one person from Ghana also were assisted through IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return program.
For years, Tunisian fishermen have been encountering migrant boats in distress, and saving lives by bringing people onto their fishing boats.
On 30 August, fishermen rescued 130 people from a boat and brought them to the town of Zarzis where they received medical support from an MSF team.
In order to increase their capacity to carry out rescues at sea, MSF recently carried out a six-day training with 116 local fishermen in Zarzis.
Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Friday 7/10/2015 - 21:15 GMT
The bodies of 27 migrants of sub-Saharan origin have been recovered off the coast of Tunisia in the past week, a spokesman for the country's civil protection agency told AFP on Friday.
"Since July 3, 27 bodies have been recovered, most of them off Ben Guerdane", a port in the south of the country, Mongi El Kadhi said.
Earlier, an official at Ben Guerdane port, Fathi Abab, had said 16 bodies that had washed ashore were thought to be of people who had drowned trying to reach Europe.
Tunis, Tunisie | AFP | vendredi 10/07/2015 - 17:10 GMT
Les garde-côtes tunisiens ont repêché depuis lundi dans le sud du pays 16 cadavres de migrants originaires d'Afrique subsaharienne, a indiqué vendredi à l'AFP le directeur du port de Ben Guerdane, Fathi Abâb.
Ces migrants, morts noyés, auraient quitté clandestinement les côtes libyennes pour rejoindre l'Europe. Leurs dépouilles ont été rejetées par les vagues au large de Ben Guerdane, a-t-il précisé.
Selon M. Abâb, cinq corps ont été repêchées jeudi, six mercredi et cinq autres lundi.
Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Monday 7/6/2015 - 17:23 GMT
Tunisian coast guards recovered the decomposed bodies of five migrants who apparently drowned at sea as they sought to reach Italy from conflict-hit Libya, an official said Monday.
The bodies of the African migrants were spotted Saturday afternoon off the coast of Ben Guerdane in southern Tunisia, said the civil defence official.
The report came after coast guards on Sunday rescued 17 Tunisians who had been trying to make their way to Europe on a rubber dinghy, according to the defence ministry.
Tunis, Tunisie | AFP | mercredi 10/06/2015 - 14:21 GMT
L'armée tunisienne a secouru mercredi 356 personnes, dont un bébé de deux mois, au large de la ville de Ben Guerdane (sud), a indiqué à l'AFP un responsable du Croissant-Rouge, Ammara Lamloum.
"Des migrants, essentiellement des Africains, qui tentaient de rallier illégalement l'île italienne de Lampedusa, ont été secourus il y a deux heures par l'armée tunisienne. Ils sont maintenant au port de Ben Guerdane", a-t-il précisé.
Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Wednesday 6/10/2015 14:32 GMT
Tunisia's navy on Wednesday rescued 356 migrants including a two-month-old baby girl off the country's southeastern coast near Ben Guerdane, the Red Crescent said.
Red Crescent official Ammar Lamloum told AFP that the group of migrants, mainly Africans, had been trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa when they were rescued.
"They are now at the port in Ben Guerdane," he said.
Zarzis, Tunisia | AFP | Monday 5/11/2015 - 11:09 GMT
by Kaouther Larbi
Scanning the horizon with binoculars, Tunisian coastguard Islam Braiek is on the lookout for the growing number of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean to try to reach Europe.
With the modest means at Tunisia's disposal, it is no mean feat first to detect and then come to the rescue of migrants who get into difficulties, despite the improving weather conditions.
Zarzis, Tunisie | AFP | samedi 25/04/2015 - 12:21 GMT
Trois bateaux de pêche ont amené samedi au port de Zarzis (sud tunisien) 98 migrants africains en perdition en Méditerranée après avoir tenté de rallier illégalement l'île italienne de Lampedusa, a indiqué à l'AFP le capitaine d'un des navires.
Vendredi, le Croissant rouge avait fait état de 80 migrants perdus en mer.
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