Aug 1, 2021 - World

394 migrants rescued from overcrowded boat near Tunisia

 A group of migrants wait in their boat before being checked by medical staff on August 28, 2020 in Lampedusa, Italy.

A group of migrants wait in their boat before being checked by medical staff on Aug. 28, 2020 in Lampedusa, Italy. Photo: Lorenzo Palizzolo/Getty Images

Two humanitarian rescue ships pulled 394 migrants from an overcrowded boat near Tunisia on Sunday, Reuters reports.

The big picture: More than 1,100 people fleeing from conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East have perished over the last year, according to the UN-affiliated International Organization for Migration.

  • Recently, migrant boat departures from Libya and Tunisia to Italy and other surrounding areas of Europe have increased.
  • The wooden boat the migrants were on had begun taking water, and its engine was not working, per Reuters.
  • The migrants were mostly men from Morocco, Bangladesh, Egypt and Syria.
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