The Tunisian Coast Guard has rescued 44 illegal migrants off the coast of the Tunisian city of Ben Gardane.

The Tunisian Red Crescent branch in Medinine Governorate, Mongi Selim, told Anadolu Agency that the migrants were of different nationalities and they were coming from Libya.

The International Organization for Migration had announced that 466 migrants had been rescued at sea and returned to Libya from December 12 to 18.