Italy: Over 1,300 migrants reach Lampedusa in 24 hours
March 10, 2023
Credits: Info Migrants
Scores of migrants made the deadly sea crossing to the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Around 1,350 migrants have arrived on the island of Lampedusa by boats from North Africa within 24 hours, Italian news agency ANSA reports. The migrants -- reportedly from Syria, Yemen and various African countries -- started their journeys from the Tunisian coastal city of Sfax. Situated between Sicily and North Africa, Lampedusa lies a little under 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Sfax. From midnight to Thursday morning (March 9) alone, nearly 900 migrants arrived on the Italian island in 21 boats. On Wednesday, authorities reported two migrant boats in distress. The Tunisian coast guard recovered 14 bodies and rescued 54 people between Tuesday and Wednesday after a migrant vessel capsized off the coast of the Sfax region, authorities announced on Thursday.
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