di Marcello Mento
(ANSA) - Reggio Calabria, September 20 - Italian authorities picked up approximately 100 immigrants on the southern coast of Calabria on Thursday. The immigrants, many of whom were self-identified as Afghans, were aboard a fishing vessel that left them approximately 20 meters from the shore, police said. Passengers included 23 women and 29 children, some as young as two-years old. All were reported to be in good health with the exception of a seven-year old girl who was taken to a local hospital for a check-up.