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01 April 2011 :: 16:04:02 pm 52426

27 Tunisian Migrants Died After Boats Sank

Rescuers have retrieved 27 bodies of Tunisian migrants whose boats sank in the Mediterranean, as the European Union offered to double its aid to Tunisia’s poorest regions.
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Thousands of immigrants have landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is close to Tunisia’s shores.  Many Europeans are worried about the invasion of North African immigrants as the result of the rebellions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Tunisia’s state news agency, TAP, said the 27 bodies found this week were victims seeking to leave Tunisian city of Sfax.  They left in two boats but the boats were hit by rough weather and failed to signal to rescuers when they started sinking. 

TAP reported that the migrants were aged between 19 and 43.  It was unclear how many people survived.

A rush of African migrants has sought to leave Tunisia in the past two months, since the President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in an uprising. 

The Eureopean Union’s (EU) enlargement chief, Stefan Fule, said in Tunis that the alliance is ready to double its aid for development in Tunisia from 160 million Euros ($219.51 million) to 320 million euros ($439 million) over the next two years. 

The aid is aimed at boosting civil society in the country that was under one-party government for half a century.  It is also aimed at promoting economic development in the poorer regions of central and southern Tunisia, away from the coastal regions that are popular with European tourists.

Credit by: www.news.com.au

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