Migrants Airlifted to Sicily After Protests

“Italy: Lampedusa migrants airlifted to Sicily after protests,” from Adnkronos International:

A group of 100 out of 219 migrants currently being held in the southern island of Lampedusa’s controversial detention centre was airlifted to Palermo, centre-left MP Khalid Chaouki said Tuesday.

Moroccan-born Chaouki said all the migrants currently being held in the centre should leave it by the end of Tuesday.

“The transfers from Lampedusa have begun. Two flights have been chartered and we should finally manage to empty this centre today,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Chaouki barricaded himself in the reception centre on Sunday and said he would not leave until all migrants were removed including seven survivors from a shipwreck off Lampedusa on 3 October in which over 360 people drowned.

The seven migrants are witnesses in a probe into the shipwreck and authorisation by a judge is needed before they can leave the Lampedusa centre, Chaouki said…


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