In line with the Italian information company ANSA, greater than 500 refugees arrived on the island of Lampedusa in Italy yesterday on an outdated fishing boat. Italian police intercepted a 15-meter ship about 7 kilometers off the coast of the outlying island and escorted it to the port.
“After just a few days of unhealthy climate, the ocean calmed down at this time, so that they began to dock once more,” Toto Martello, the mayor of Lampedusa, informed ANSA, noting that the ship was possible from Libya. Martello introduced that refugees might be recognized, first aided and checked earlier than being quarantined.
Lampedusa is situated between Tunisia and Malta and is normally a vacation spot for immigrants who wish to enter the European Union, however many individuals encounter difficulties in these maritime voyages. Ladies and youngsters are believed to be among the many greater than 500 refugees from Morocco, Syria, Bangladesh and Egypt.
Earlier than the overcrowded fishing boats, 119 folks arrived in Lampedos yesterday in 5 boats. From January to September this yr, about 1,100 immigrants drowned within the Mediterranean. In line with the United Nations, that is twice the variety of deaths in the identical interval final yr.