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Local fishermen accuse Tunisian chemical plant of destroying their livelihoods

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Local fishermen accuse Tunisian chemical plant of destroying their livelihoods

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Tunisian fishermen are taking on the owners of a major chemical plant, accusing them of polluting beach resorts and destroying the local fishing industry.

The phosphate refining complex lies north of Gabes, is a major employer in the area, but its industrial waste is being pumped into the sea with devastating consequences.

The plant owners say they are aware of the problem and are trying to reduce the negative impact on the environment.

The fishermen who have received some compensation say they want more to help them restore their local businesses.