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New wave of migrants reach Italy

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New wave of migrants reach Italy


Hundreds of Tunisian migrants have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa. The latest influx was prompted by an improvement in stormy weather conditions in the Mediterranean over the past week.

They travelled on several boats of various sizes. Italian authorities towed some of the vessels into port.

The coastguard and financial police rescued more than 80 migrants after their boat began taking on water during the 24 hour crossing. Four of them were treated for hypothermia.

Nearly 7,000 migrants have arrived in Italy since the fall of the Tunisian regime at the beginning of January.

The holding centre on Lampedusa has a capacity of 800 but was filling up quickly. Each day groups of migrants are moved onto other centres in Sicily or mainland Italy to relieve the strain on resources.

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