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Tunisia PM Fires Top Minister Over Migrant Deaths

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7Dnews London

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:37 GMT

Tunisia Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced the dismissal of his interior minister Lotfi Brahem following the death of more than 100 people after their boat capsized off the Tunisian coast on Saturday, as reported by AP.

The firing of Lotfi Brahem came a day after the interior minister sacked 10 high-level security officials amid an investigation into the weekend disaster, considered to be the deadliest of the year. An estimated 112 people were known to be dead or missing from a boat believed to have been carrying 180 migrants.  

Unemployed Tunisians and other Africans often seek to cross the Mediterranean Sea in makeshift boats from Tunisia to Sicily in Italy.

More than 32,000 people have reached Europe by sea so far this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says, and 660 people have died attempting the risky crossing.

Tunisia stopped about 6,000 migrants leaving its coast for Europe in the first five months of the year - a sharp increase from the few hundred prevented in the same period last year, an interior ministry official said.


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