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Over a thousand migrants arrive in Italy within hours

Over a thousand migrants arrive in Italy within hours

On Saturday, a merchant ship and the Coast Guard rescued more than 600 people who were trying to cross The Mediterranean Sea On a fishing boat off Calabria in the far south of Italy, they were taken to several ports in Sicily.

The authorities on the boat also found five Corpses for immigrants They died in circumstances that have not yet been determined.

in Lampedusa IslandAbout 522 people arrived from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, especially on Saturday night, on board fifteen different boats that sailed from Tunisia and Libya.

According to Italian media, the reception center on this island, which is closer to Africa than to Italy, is overcrowded, and currently houses about 1,200 people, with a capacity of 250 to 300 people, according to ANSA.

Maritime rescue NGOs continue to rescue hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean.

“Aboard the Sea Watch 3, we have 428 people, including women and children, a woman who is nine months pregnant, and a patient with severe burns,” Sea-Watch confirmed on Sunday.

The Ocean Viking of the NGO “SOS Mediterranee” said it had rescued 87 people, including 57 unaccompanied minors, who were on board “an overcrowded rubber boat in danger in international waters off Libya”.

34,000 migrants arrived by sea in Italy between January 1 and July 22, compared to 25,500 during the same period last year and 10,900 in 2020, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.

The International Organization for Migration says that the central Mediterranean is the most dangerous migration route in the world, and the United Nations agency estimated the number of people who have died or are missing in this region at 990 since the beginning of this year.

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