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998 saved in the Strait of Sicily in last 24 hours

From today's La Repubblica:
Merchant ship and Italian Coast Guard ships carried 998 immigrants toward Italian shores this morning. They had left from the Egyptian coast. The Coast Guard ship Peluso brought 342 to safety at Augusta, Sicily, they were many men, women and children. The immigrants who landed at Augusta had gone to sea squashed together on a boat with another 173 people, saved by the ship Rio Segura operated by Frontex, the European Union's border guard. The 173 will arrive at Palermo at 4 p.m. local time today.
Frontex says that in April the number of immigrants arriving in Italy superceded the number arriving in Greece for the first time since June 2015. There were 2,700 arrivals to Greece compared to 8,370 in Italy.
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