Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

163 migrants from Egypt, Syria land in Siracusa


Siracusa, August 13 - Sicily, at the height of the
tourist season, continued to deal with a spate of arrivals of
migrants from North Africa on Tuesday when 163 immigrants and
refugees, reportedly Syrians and Egyptians, landed in Portopalo
di Capo Passero near Siracusa.
The migrants - 53 men, 45 women and 66 minors - were on
board a 27-meter vessel, which was intercepted by a tax police
cutter some 25 miles off the coast.
They were taken to a temporary migrant-reception centre in
the former town fish market where they were provided assistance
and authorities are now identifying them.
"We don't have adequate structures to welcome these
migrants and the spate of new landings on our coasts has made
the situation critical," said the town's mayor Michele Taccone.
Some 150 migrants, many of them minors, are staying at the
temporary migrant holding center, the mayor said.
On Saturday, six migrants identified as Egyptians aged 17
to 27, died in a shipwreck off the coast of Catania, Sicily near
a public beach.
The migrants were thrown into the sea after their boat ran
aground some 15 metres from shore and drowned as they reportedly
couldn't swim.
EU border agency Frontex has raised the alarm bell, noting
that 1,300 migrants landed in southern Italy in one week and
that in the first seven months of 2013 some 12,000 had.
Most making the perilous crossing from North Africa are
from sub-Saharan African countries like Somalia and Eritrea
though an increasing number of Syrians and Egyptians have been
reported among the migrants arriving in Italy over the past few

(photo: swimmers and sunbathers at the beach where six migrants
drowned over the weekend)

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