The Tunisian authorities intervened to evacuate hundreds of migrants stranded on the Tunisian-Libyan border and house them in special centers awaiting deportation to their countries, after being widely criticized for expelling migrants and mistreating them.
Since Tuesday, the Tunisian Red Crescent Organization has begun transporting groups of migrants by buses to the governorates of Medenine and Tataouine, where they have been accommodated in private dormitories and schools after they have been equipped, and their basic needs and necessities have been provided.
Last week, Tunisia was forced to deport groups of migrants to the Tunisian and Algerian borders, following the outbreak of violence and clashes with the local population in Sfax governorate, a city in which large numbers of irregular migrants from the Sahel and Sahara countries accumulated, resulting in the death of one citizen.
Subsequently, human rights organizations accused the Tunisian authorities of mistreating migrants and endangering their lives after expelling them to the desert without food and water and in difficult climatic conditions.
Saeed rejects the accusations
However, Tunisian President Kais Saied responded to these accusations and denied the existence of violations against immigrants, and said that “Tunisian security forces protected those who came to Tunisia and wanted to settle there, contrary to what is rumored,” reaffirming that “Tunisia will not accept any attempts to settle immigrants.”
Saeed called for the need to find a collective solution among all concerned countries to the issue of the exacerbation of the phenomenon of illegal immigration and to search for solutions to return these immigrants to their homelands by supporting job opportunities within them.
Tunisia is one of the countries most affected this year by the phenomenon of illegal immigration, after thousands of migrants flocked to its cities with the aim of crossing to Europe, at a time when it is facing strong pressure from European countries to prevent migrants from reaching its coasts.
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