More than 350 migrants rescued off Italian coast

21 Aug 2012
Reuters Africa

‘Reuters Africa’ reports that Italian coastguards rescued more than 350 African migrants off the small Italian island of Lampedusa over the weekend as they tried to reach European shores on rickety wooden boats. Coastguards rescued 231 people from sub-Saharan Africa on Saturday from a 15 metre wooden boat, including 33 women and four children, a coastguard official said. The migrants were taken to a reception centre on the island and were going through an identification process and screening to see if they had rights to asylum.


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