Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

'Several dead' in immigrant boat off Lampedusa

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Rome, July 3 - Several migrants have reportedly
died trying to reach Italy while crossing the Mediterranean.
A ship from the Italian Navy and two from the Coast Guard
were aiding a raft with roughly 80 people on board said to be
adrift 80 miles off the coast of Lampedusa on Wednesday.
The tiny island which is part of Sicily will host Pope
Francis on his first trip outside the Rome area as pontiff
Monday.
He is scheduled to celebrate a mass at an immigration
center that has been a constant source of overcrowding.
Immigration from Northern Africa picks up in summer months
as sea conditions improve.
But many die while attempting the voyage, often in crammed
and unsafe boats.

(photo: archive picture of immigrant boat in Lampedusa)

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