At least 29 migrants died after at least two boats sank off the Tunisian coast within hours, authorities said.
migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempted to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.
This is the latest in a string of migrant boats to capsize off the Tunisian coast in recent days, and five others have sunk in the past four days.
This comes after Tunisia launched a campaign against illegal immigrants from Africa.
Meanwhile, Italian officials on the island of Lampedusa say they are overwhelmed after the arrival of a record 2,500 migrants in the past 24 hours.
Italy’s far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has warned Europe of a huge wave of refugees arriving on its shores.
Tunisia has become a hub for migrants trying to reach Europe. UN data shows at least 12,000 migrants who have landed on Italian shores this year have left Tunisia. Compared to the same period last year, there were only 1,300. However, according to Reuters news agency, the Tunisian Coast Guard said it was taking steps to stop the crossing of migrants after stopping about 80 ships en route to Europe over the past four days. He also says he has arrested more than 3,000 migrants, the same agency reports.
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