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Tunisia intercepts 2,500 migrants and apprehends dozens of smugglers in 4-day operation


In a significant operation aimed at curbing illegal migration across its borders, the Tunisian coastguard has announced the successful interception of over 2,500 migrants and the apprehension of dozens of human smugglers. The operation, launched last weekend in the coastal region of Sfax, represents a determined effort by Tunisia to combat human trafficking and irregular migration, particularly to Italy.

The operation, conducted with precision and efficiency, involved a formidable contingent of security forces, including anti-terrorism units, aerial surveillance using planes, and even the deployment of police dogs. The decision to undertake this extensive operation was authorized by Tunisian President Kais Saied.

Sfax, a strategic coastal city, has long served as a primary departure point for migrants embarking on perilous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea, often bound for Italy. The surge in illegal migration from North Africa has placed immense pressure on nearby destinations, including the Italian island of Lampedusa, which has been grappling with an unprecedented influx of boat migrants.

In a statement released by the Tunisia national guard on Tuesday, it was revealed that a total of 62 human smugglers had been apprehended as part of this operation. Furthermore, numerous boats used for illicit purposes were seized, preventing further illegal departures. The operation’s success is seen as a significant milestone in Tunisia’s efforts to combat human trafficking and enhance border security.

It’s important to note that while this operation focused on maritime routes, most migrants enter Tunisia across the land border from neighboring Algeria. Addressing these complex migration dynamics will require a multifaceted approach, encompassing cooperation with neighboring countries and international partners.

Tunisia’s resolute actions underscore its commitment to addressing the issue of irregular migration and preventing further tragedies at sea. As the world watches the unfolding developments, the focus remains on regional efforts to tackle this complex challenge and safeguard the lives of vulnerable migrants.

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