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Migrants arrive in Sicily

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 00:47

More rescued migrants arrive in Messina, Sicily, as numbers risking the journey on rickety boats rise. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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328 rescued migrants were brought to shore in Messina, Sicily, on Wednesday morning (May 6), by Icelandic coastguard vessel 'Tyr', part of the Frontex joint operation. The migrants were supposedly from Subsaharan Africa as well as from the Middle East, probably Syria, and counted tens of children and minors. Numbers risking the journey from north Africa in rickety boats have risen further in recent weeks since up to 900 people are believed to have drowned last month in the worst Mediterranean shipwreck in living memory. Around 7,600 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats over the weekend and in the beginning of the week, and 10 dead bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard said. About 1,800 people are believed to have died during the crossing from Africa to Europe so far this year. The vast majority of the migrants leave from Libya. Some 51,000 have entered Europe by sea, 30,500 via Italy, according to the UN refugee agency.

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Migrants arrive in Sicily

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 00:47