Five boats carrying 171 migrants arrive on Lampedusa

Including 30 unaccompanied minors, many Tunisians

21 July, 16:59

    AGRIGENTO - After a week of pause due to rough seas, five boats carrying 171 migrants arrived on Tuesday evening on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

    The first was carrying 17 men from Tunisia and Guinea, tracked down about four miles away from the coast by the Coast Guard, followed by one carrying 18 people including five women of sub-Saharan origins. They were also on a boat that had been intercepted by an Italian Financial Police motorboat, just over a nautical mile from the port.

    Over the night, three more boats landed: one large one carrying 109 migrants including two women and about 30 minors, almost all of whom unaccompanied.

    This was followed by two smaller boats: one carrying 13 Tunisians and the other 14, including one minor.

    All were taken to the Imbriacola hotspot after an initial health examination at the Favarolo wharf.

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