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Maltese Squadron Rescues Boat from Libya With Seven Carrying Gunshot Wounds
04/07/2013 17:51:00
Maltese police officers fitting identity tags on African Illegal Migrants

Malta on Thursday rescued 290 migrants arriving on a boat from Libyan shores, including seven people with gunshot wounds. There wee also a number of pregnant women. Some 144 of the migrants are from Eritrea.

The seven were flown to hospital by the Maltese maritime squadron, while the others were ferried on several patrol boats, according to an army spokesman.

It is understood that the gunshot victims were already wounded when they left Libya as they were escaping from a detention centre, and their health had deteriorated during the voyage.

The migrants were on a heavily overcrowded rubber dinghy was taking in water, that was intercepted some 104 kilometres, south of Malta.

Meanwhile another migrant boat carrying around 100 people was intercepted by the Italian coast guard and taken to the port of Syracuse in Sicily.

The passengers are believed to be Syrians who began their crossing in Egypt.

Nearly 8,000 boat people have arrived in Italy since the start of the year - double the number from last year over the same period.

Nearly 400 migrants arrived on three boats on Wednesday alone to the tiny island of Lampedusa - the main arrival point.


The seven were flown to hospital by the Maltese maritime squadron, while the others were ferried on several patrol boats, according to an army spokesman.

It is understood that the three gunshot victims were already wounded when they left Libya and their health had deteriorated during the voyage.

The migrants were on a heavily overcrowded rubber dinghy was taking in water, that was intercepted some 104 kilometres, south of Malta.

Meanwhile another migrant boat carrying around 100 people was intercepted by the Italian coast guard and taken to the port of Syracuse in Sicily.

The passengers are believed to be Syrians who began their crossing in Egypt.

Nearly 8,000 boat people have arrived in Italy since the start of the year - double the number from last year over the same period.

Nearly 400 migrants arrived on three boats on Wednesday alone to the tiny island of Lampedusa - the main arrival point.

 

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