More Than 100 Thrown Overboard, Five Migrants Arrested

“Migrant boat massacre: Italy arrests five for murder of more than 100 ‘thrown overboard’,” by Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith for the Independent:

Italian police have arrested five men on suspicion of murdering and throwing overboard more than 100 migrants as they attempted to cross from Africa to Europe.

Police said the survivors of the boat journey claimed they witnessed a massacre on board the vessel when their fellow passengers were assaulted and tossed into the sea.

The incident happened when the hull of the boat began to fill with poisonous fumes and people became unable to breathe. Panic ran through those below deck and a fight broke out as people tried to escape and find air.

To keep the migrants below deck, five men began stabbing and assaulting passengers at random before throwing the passengers overboard, and threatening others not to react or to suffer the same fate, police said…

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