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71 illegal immigrants rescued off SE Tunisia

Wednesday July 10, 2019

A unit of the Tunisian Maritime Guard has rescued 71 illegal immigrants of different nationalities off the coastal city of Sfax in southeastern Tunisia, Tunisian state television reported Tuesday.

According to Houssem Jbabli, spokesman of the National Guard, the rescue operation took place on Monday evening, when a unit of the naval guard managed to rescue the illegal immigrants from a sinking boat sailing to the Italian coasts.

"This group of illegal immigrants are from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Chad

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and Bangladesh," said Jbabli.

The spokesman explained that these illegal immigrants had sailed from the coast of the Libyan city of Zouara.

These illegal immigrants were transferred to the Sfax naval base and handed over to the National Guard in the region to receive legal procedures. Enditem

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