Italian coast guards rescue Syrian refugees

Thousands of undocumented migrants and refugees land on Italian shores every year, often crossing the Mediterranean on rickety fishing boats from North Africa or Turkey. (Reuters)

Italian coast guards on Wednesday rescued dozens of Syrian refugees including a child apparently injured in war in a group of 70 migrants found on a broken-down fishing boat off the tip of southern Italy.

The boy, who was travelling with his mother, had a scar on his neck, the ANSA news agency reported, citing officials in the southern Calabria region.

The report did not say where the boat had set off from.

Most of those on the drifting boat were Syrians, but there were also Afghans, Bangladeshis, Eritreans and Pakistanis. They have been taken to a temporary refuge in the town of Roccella Jonica.

Thousands of undocumented migrants and refugees land on Italian shores every year, often crossing the Mediterranean on rickety fishing boats from North Africa or Turkey.
 

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Last Update: Thursday, 02 May 2013 KSA 23:23 - GMT 20:23
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