Saturday, June 11, 2011

Nearly 700 immigrants arrive on Italian island of Lampedusa

.- Three ships in the carrying nearly 700 immigrants from North Africa arrived in the Italian island of Lampedusa overnight, authorities said Saturday. The ships, which is believed to set sail from Libya, transporting a total of 667 immigrants. Two other vessels with a total of 200 people were located about 32 miles and were heading to the island, said a coast guard official.

Thousands of people fleeing uprisings in the north of Africa have gone to Italy on board rickety boats in recent months, often creating an immigration crisis on the island midway between Tunisia and Sicily.

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