Scicli shipwreck: 7 Syrian crew members arrested

Charged with being responsible for victims' death

01 October, 14:04

    (ANSAmed) - SCICLI (RAGUSA), OCTOBER 1 - Police on Tuesday arrested seven Syrian nationals believed to be crew members of the fishing boat carrying 160 people which ran into trouble off the Scicli shore near Ragusa on Monday. At least 13 migrants died as they tried to reach the shore. The seven alleged human traffickers have been charged with causing their death.

    Among those arrested are two men who had been released yesterday and led to a migrant holding center in Pozzallo after immigrants on the boat had not identified them as crew members.

    The seven have not been charged with murder but only with causing the migrants' death as investigators have not found evidence yet that they forced migrants to get off the boat.

    Meanwhile the 13 Eritrean nationals who died Monday as they tried to swim to the shore have been identified. Three were carrying documents while another two were identified by family members, a brother and cousin, travelling with them.

    Coast Guard and Carabinieri crews are looking to see if there are more bodies to be recovered at sea.

    Nine migrants reported injuries in the accident Monday; eight are improving while another is still in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Catania's hospital. The migrant was hit by a car on the Pozzallo-Marina di Modica road and reported severe head injuries. (ANSAmed)
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