The Tunisian navy rescued 70 migrants in a boat on Friday that had technical problems when it tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach the Italian coasts, the Ministry of Defense confirmed.
The ministry said that there were four children in the group of migrants from different African countries before adding that the boat had started its journey in Libya, as reported by the Tunisian state news agency TAP.
The NGO Alarm Phone had alarmed hours earlier that a boat with around 68 people on board in international waters was in danger. “They are close to the Tunisian coast,” he said via his Twitter account.
“We have informed the Tunisian and European authorities, but they are declining their responsibility,” he said before adding that the NGO had lost contact with the boat twelve hours ago.
Alarm Phone then said it had contacted the Tunisian authorities again. “We believe that the boat in trouble was found and rescued by the Tunisian Coast Guard. Zarzis as the landing point,” he said.