More than 400 Syrian Refugees Reach Italy

“More than 400 Syrian refugees reach Italy by sea, one dies,” by Steve Scherer for Reuters:

More than 400 refugees who said they were fleeing the Syrian civil war were intercepted near Sicily in the past 14 hours, and one 22-year-old woman died during the passage, Italy’s coast guard said on Saturday.

A first boat carrying 299 people, more than half of them women and children, was escorted to the port of Syracuse, Sicily, late on Friday.

On board was the corpse of one woman who died during the journey.

The reason for her death was still unknown, but fellow refugees said she was a diabetic and had died after falling ill more than two days earlier, Ansa state news agency reported.

The people on the boat said they had left from Egypt about a week ago, Ansa said, citing Italian authorities…

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