Hundreds of immigrants land in Italy

In this handout picture released by the Italian navy on July 17, 2014 migrants sit on a overcrowded boat during a rescue operation off the coast of SicilyA boat laden with 352 migrants — mainly from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria — also arrived on the island of Lampedusa, managing to avoid detection. A second smaller boat came later with 94 migrants on board. The charity Save the Children said there were now 1,278 migrants on tiny Lampedusa alone, which is Italy’s southernmost point and is closer to Africa than to the Italian mainland. The asylum centre on Lampedusa “is not suitable to host the migrants.

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