At least 43 migrants drown in shipwreck off Tunisia after trying to reach Europe

At least 43 migrants have drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisa after attempting to cross from Libya to Italy, the Tunisian Red Crescent has said.

The boat had set off from Zuwara, on Libya’s northwest coast, and was carrying migrants from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh, according to the humanitarian organisation.

Red Crescent official Mongi Slim said the navy were able to rescue 84 migrants but that 43 others drowned.

Several drowning incidents have occurred off the Tunisian coast in recent months, with an increase in the frequency of attempted crossings to Europe as the weather has improved.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent years, many of them fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

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