103 Migrants Rescued At Sea

“Italian fishing boat rescues 103 migrants at sea,” from Agence France-Presse, posted by The Gazette:

An Italian fishing trawler rescued 103 migrants including 21 women and a child on a boat that was taking on water Sunday, as officials said better weather at sea could bring a new wave of migrant arrivals.

The fishermen spotted the boat some 57 nautical miles (106 kilometres, 66 miles) south of Lampedusa – a tiny outcrop that is closer to the shores of North Africa than to the Italian mainland – and took the migrants on board…

On Saturday, 69 African migrant workers on board a rubber dinghy were intercepted by an Italian coast guard vessel and brought to Lampedusa.

Interior Minister Annamaria Cancellieri and International Cooperation and Integration Minister Andrea Riccardi visited Lampedusa on Friday, warning there could be a new wave of migrant arrivals due to the springtime weather.

The island’s only immigrant detention centre was set on fire by a group of Tunisians last September and is currently closed. New immigrant arrivals are being housed in temporary facilities including residences for tourists…

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