Tunisia stops migrant boats from heading to Italy

Dozens detained in several operations

12 June, 11:33

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 12 - Tunisian authorities are continuing their activities to counter clandestine migration. Security forces have arrested six people as they were preparing to leave the country illegally from the Monastir governorate near the Bekalta coast towards Italy.

    The interior ministry made the announcement in a statement and noted that another arrest had been made in Ben Arous of a 30-year-old who had been planning an operation for illegal emigration towards the Italian coast from the Bizarre governorate in exchange for 3,000 dinars per passenger on the boat. The coast guard also intercepted a dinghy off Nabeul carrying five Tunisians, disembarked them in Bani Khyar and handed them over to the authorities for the necessary procedures. The coast guard also stopped four boat departures in the Monastir, Susa and Nabeul governorates that were carrying 32 Tunisians and seized a large sum of foreign currency as part of the operation. In another preventative operation, a police raid made it possible to arrest about 30 people in the Sfax governorate from several African countries that had been hiding on a home and are accused of preparing to leave for Italy illegally. A large sum of money was found in this operation as well.


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