Immigration,emergency in Lampedusa, 800 refugees in hours

Rescue operation in Canal of Sicily, more migrants expected

16 February, 14:19

    (ANSAmed) - LAMPEDUSA (AGRIGENTO), FEB 16 - Hundreds of refugees from Libya, among which many women and children, are arriving in Lampedusa where the situation is critical.

    Dozens of vessels have been rescued in the Canal of Sicily by freighters and coast guard cutters going back and forth between the canal and the island's port in the last few hours. At the moment, the first reception centre, located in contrada Imbriacola, hosts over 800 migrants, two times its capacity, but other "arrivals" are expected in the next few hours. The last disembarkment occured this morning: 269 migrants docked aboard two coast guard cutters. Other 361 refugees in three coast guard cutters arrived during the night: first 120, then 116 followed by other 125 people. The refugees, all coming from countries of sub-Saharan Africa, are mostly Eritrean.

    (ANSAmed).

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