2019-10-08 Europe||Nine dead as refugee boat sinks off Italian coast
[PRESSTV] At least nine people died when a boat carrying dozens of |migrants colonists sank off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, Italia's coastguard said on Monday.
The coastguard said rescue vessels had picked up 22 people, and search operations for other survivors were underway after an alert was received late on Sunday night that a boat carrying some 50 people was in difficulty.
The UN migration agency said the boat had set sail from Tunisia and had been carrying Tunisian and west African
Vessels from the coastguard and customs police had reached the vessel, which overturned in rough seas about six nautical miles from the coast of Lampedusa, the coastguard said in a statement. Nine bodies had been recovered, it added.
"This highlights once again that urgent action is needed to address the situation in the Mediterranean," said Charlie Yaxley, a spokesperson for the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
' refugee agency, the UNHCR.
|Posted by Fred 2019-10-08 00:00||
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