In a recent development in Tunisia, a total of 20 migrants originating from Sub-Saharan Africa were taken into custody following outbreaks of riots in the city of Sfax. The unrest was triggered when security forces took action to dismantle several boats that were being readied for illegal migration. The detainees are now facing charges of inciting riots, launching attacks on members of the National Guard, and setting a security vehicle ablaze.
Irregular Migration and Terrorism
Sfax has been identified as a principal point of departure for irregular migration towards the nearby Italian islands. Thousands of Sub-Saharan African migrants are believed to be in the region, waiting for opportunities to traverse the Mediterranean Sea. It is estimated that Tunisia is home to about 100,000 Sub-Saharan African migrants, with approximately 90,000 of these being undocumented.
In a parallel development, Tunisian security authorities have reported the arrest of three individuals on charges of being affiliated with terrorist organizations. The accused face prison sentences ranging from 18 months to six years. These arrests occur in the aftermath of the recapture of five dangerous terrorist elements who had previously escaped from a high-security prison in Mornaguia. This resulted in dismissals within the Ministry of Interior.
Extension of Humanitarian Truce
In international developments, the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip has been extended for a further two days, thanks to successful mediation efforts by Egypt and Qatar. The extended truce stipulates the daily release of 10 detainees in Gaza, which includes women and children, in exchange for 30 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. The establishment of the truce was the result of 48 days of intense Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip. The initial humanitarian truce was achieved through the combined efforts of Egypt, Qatar, and the United States.
Egypt's Ongoing Diplomatic Efforts
Egypt continues to play a significant role in related diplomatic efforts. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi recently met with Hungarian President Katalin Novak to discuss bilateral relations and regional situations. The meeting emphasized the necessity of a permanent ceasefire and the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza. The Egyptian president also underscored the importance of international recognition of the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.