Maridive 601 docks in Tunisia, ending 18-day odyssey

Ship with 75 migrants aboard had been waiting for authorisation

19 June, 12:46

    TUNIS - The commercial ship Maridive 601, which on May 31 rescued 75 migrants - 64 Bangladeshis, nine Egyptians, one Moroccan and one Sudanese - docked on Tuesday evening at the Tunisian port of Zarzis after waiting 18 days off the country's coast for authorisation to disemark the migrants.
    The Tunisian Red Crescent said the authorisation was subject to the migrants' acceptance of voluntary repatriation.
    The migrants were received at the port by Red Crescent personnel and various international humanitarian organisations.
    The migrants were transferred to a regional migrant reception centre and then to Tunis.
    Local sources said the migrants may depart Tunis for their home countries starting as early as Thursday.
    Lorena Lando, mission head for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tunis, told ANSA that IOM is ready to provide humanitarian and medical aid to all of the migrants who disembarked from the Maridive, as well as provide assistance to those who want to be voluntarily repatriated.

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