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Moroccans among migrants stranded off Tunisia

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A rescue boat carrying 75 migrants, including Moroccan nationals, has been stranded off Tunisia for 12 days, Reuters reported, adding that the Tunisian authorities refused to let them enter the country.

Quoting the Red Crescent, the press agency indicated that these migrants were rescued by an Egyptian boat in the Tunisian waters. The boat, which is stranded 25 km from the coastal city of Zarzis, was not allowed to disembark.

The boat carries 64 Bangladeshis and migrants from Morocco, Sudan and Egypt, the Red Crescent said on Tuesday.

Speaking to a government source in Tunisia, Reuters reported that migrants refused food and medical aid, demanding that they will be allowed to reach Europe. «After 12 days at sea, the migrants are in a bad condition», Red Crescent official Mongi Slim told Reuters.

During the first four months of 2019, 164 people died while trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean Sea route.

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