54 migrants rescued off southeast Tunisia

The rescue ship "Eleonore" sails on the Mediterranean with around 100 migrants on board. The "Eleonore" took in the migrants, off the Libyan coast, on 26.08.2019 /Getty Images

Tunisian navy rescued 54 migrants of different African nationalities off the country’s southeast coast, the defense ministry said in a statement released on Friday.

“The rescue operation took place 14 km southeast of the city of Zarzis in the province of Medenine,” said the statement.

The migrants are aged between 15 and 40, including three women, according to the statement, adding that they were attempting to sail from Libya towards the Italian coast.

Attempts of migration from the Tunisian coasts towards Italy usually multiply during the summer season because of favorable weather conditions.

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