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Immigrants: 17 drown as two Nigerians survive Tunisian shipwreck

Two Nigerian women were rescued from a shipwreck off Tunis that claimed the lives of 17 African migrants who were trying to move to Italy from Libya by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

The Tunisian Red Crescent told Reuters on Thursday that the two Nigerians were rescued in waters of the southern town of Zarziz by the Tunisian coastguard.

It was gathered that the 19 migrants had boarded the ship on Sunday from Zawyia in Libya.

The names of the rescued women and the rest of the migrants were not mentioned.

This is not the first of such occurrence as over 40 migrants drowned off Tunisia’s port of Sfax, South of Tunis last month.

The central Mediterranean had claimed the lives of the migrants as they tried to get to Europe by sea, according to the United Nations.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stated that up to 633 people have died or gone missing through such sea travels while almost 23,500 people have successfully moved through the sea to Europe.

According to the UNHCR, most of the migrants moved from Tunisia and Algeria to land in Italy and Spain.

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