Italy Rescues 175 Freezing Migrants

“Italy rescues 175 freezing immigrants, holds 15 crew,” from the AFP (reposted by the Nation):

Italy’s coast guard said Thursday it rescued overnight 176 immigrants freezing on a small boat and arrested 15 crew on a nearby mothership on human smuggling charges.

The refugees, who included six children, came mostly from Syria, Egypt and Iraq. All were in good health except for one suffering hypothermia. The northern winter has done little to stem the flow of clandestine immigrants crossing the Mediterranean and trying to reach Europe…

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