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Italian navy rescues 200 migrants

The rescue operation took place 120 nautical miles off Lampedusa.

18 December 2013, 12:00am
File photo.
File photo.

The Italian navy has rescued more than two hundred migrants from three boats in the Mediterranean.

The vessels were intercepted about 120 nautical miles (approximately 222 kilometres), south of the island of Lampedusa.

Rough sea conditions hampered the rescue operation.

The group of migrants included 20 women and two children. No details of where they are from were immediately available.

Those rescued will be taken to land, where they will receive medical care and food.
Anna Callus
Strange that neither the local media nor our intrepid human rights lawyers and NGOs have reported or commented on the inhuman and degrading treatment accorded to landed immigrants in Lampedusa. Also, something tells me that neither will the ECHR be ruling on this. This treatment was reported in the Italian media in the past week, with shoching footage being screened on prime time TG2 news bulletins.