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ITALY: Tunisian fishermen arrested ‘rescuing migrants’

Italy has been urged to release six Tunisian fishermen who were arrested at sea on suspicion of smuggling migrants.
Supporters of the fishermen, from the south-east coastal town of Zarzis, say their colleagues were simply aiding a boat in distress.
The boat, carrying 14 people, was trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.
One of the arrested fishermen is Chamseddine Bourassine, president of the Association of Fishermen in Zarzis.
He is a local legend in the town, reports the BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tunis.
A small protest was held outside the Italian embassy in the Tunisian capital, calling for the men’s release.