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Maritime authorities "were able... to rescue 255 would-be migrants, including 170 people of various African nationalities, with the remainder Tunisians," the National Guard said in a statement on Facebook.
The attempted crossings — 17 in total — took place on the night of Friday to Saturday from the east of Tunisia, according to National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli.
The statement did not indicate whether any vessels had got into difficulty or sunk, but did note that an unspecified sum of cash was seized during the operations.
In a separate statement later Sunday, the Tunisian navy announced that 22 other would-be migrants, including nine children and three women, had been rescued on Saturday.
They were all Tunisian, the statement said, adding that they were rescued on a boat 80 kilometres (50 miles) off the island of Kuriat near the eastern coastal city of Monastir.
The National Guard on Friday had carried out a "pre-emptive operation", arresting five people who were "preparing to lead an illegal immigration bid departing from the coast of Sousse province in the east of the country", spokesman Jebabli said.
The Tunisian coastguard announced in mid-July that 455 migrants had been "rescued" in several operations off the northern, eastern and southern coasts of the country.
Attempts by migrants to reach Europe from the North African coastline tend to increase in spring and summer, due to the lower risk of stormy seas.
Tunisia and Libya are principal departure points and Italy a favoured destination.
The episode off the island of Lampedusa symbolises what critics say is the government's lax response to managing migration in a period exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic -- accusations led by the anti-immigrant far-right.
The JRCC said that in one operation, it responded to a distress call for an 18-metre boat with more than 300 people on board, which was drifting about 110 nautical miles off the west coast, reports Xinhua news agency.
Several Mediterranean nations said Saturday the European Union’s border agency Frontex needs to work inside third countries to stop smugglers from endangering the lives of migrants by sending them off to Europe on risky boat trips.
Such centers would help diminish the allure of smugglers, allowing people with legitimate fears for their safety in their home countries to safely travel to European countries which have accepted their asylum claims.
In a world where Republicans set political standards, one could expect that migrants would be abandoned in remote places without hope of succor and that funding for infrastructure construction and disaster relief would be provided only to GOP-led communities.
"Putin's plane has landed in Abu Dhabi," the Russian-run RIA Novosti reported on social media, while Russian state television showed Putin being greeted by officials on the runway.
The bus was travelling in Hamtic municipality in Antique province when the crash happened Tuesday afternoon, provincial disaster agency head Roderick Train told the media.
His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has approved a budget of Dhs600 million for the Sharjah City Municipality for the development of industrial areas (1-6-7) in cooperation with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.