ERITREA Breaking News

New arrivals keep Lampedusa hotspot under pressure – English

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(ANSA) – ROME, AUG 5 – The migrant hotspot on the Italian
island of Lampedusa remained under pressure early on Saturday
after the arrival of 325 people overnight who had been saved by
the Coast Guard from four boats.

A total of 1,677 people arrived on Italy’s southernmost island,
which is often the destination boats carrying migrants and
refugees from North Africa head for, in 40 landings on Friday.

These included a 10-metre wooden boat that had departed from
Sabratha, Libya, carrying 144 people from Eritrea, Ghana,
Pakistan, Syria, Sudan and Egypt, and another boat that came
from Zuwarah with 92 men from Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ivory Coast,
Morocco, Nigeria, Syria, Sudan and Egypt.

They new arrivals were taken to Lampedusa’s migrant hotspot,
taking the number of residents there up to 2,355, while the
official capacity is around 400. (ANSA).