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Baby joy after refugee voyage from Libya

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Baby joy after refugee voyage from Libya


A baby-girl has been born just a matter of hours after her mother reached the Italian island of Lampedusa on a packed refugee boat from Libya.

Doctors say the baby, called Angela, will be taken to Palermo in Sicily for further treatment.

Among the 760 on board were 63 women, many of whom were pregnant.

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said most of those who arrived had suffered badly on the three-day voyage from a location near Tripoli.

Since the beginning of the year 25,000 migrants have arrived in Lampedusa, most of them from Tunisia seeking work in Europe.

Officials on the island have been racing to make room in its reception centre. A steady flow of new arrivals has quickly replaced those transferred to the mainland.

Italian authorities have done a deal with Tunisia to try to stop the exodus from there but now there are concerns that a new wave is beginning of those fleeing the fighting in Libya.

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