More than 500 migrants land on Lampedusa


A boat with migrants on board is received by helpers off the Italian island of Lampedusa. (Archive image)
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The people, including children and women, are believed to come from Morocco, Syria, Bangladesh and Egypt. Your ship presumably set sail from Libya.

More than 500 migrants, including children and women, arrived on Monday evening on an old fishing boat on the Italian island of Lampedusa. The people presumably came from Morocco, Syria, Bangladesh and Egypt, as reported by the Ansa news agency and local media. The 15-meter-long ship, which was intercepted by the customs police seven kilometers from the island and escorted to the port, is believed to have set sail from Libya. Previously, 119 people had already arrived on Monday on board five ships on the island.

Migrants and refugees who come from Tunisia or Libya often head for Lampedusa to get to the European Union. According to UN figures, around 1,100 migrants died in the central Mediterranean from January to early September 2021, more than twice as many as in the same period of the previous year.

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