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Two migrant boats stopped off Lampedusa

12/04/2013

200 arrivals after 369 Thursday

Two migrant boats stopped off Lampedusa

Palermo, April 12 - Italian patrols on Friday intercepted two boats carrying migrants from Africa near the stepping-stone island of Lampedusa. About 100 people had already landed from one of the vessels, police said, while there were an estimated 100 on the other boat. On Thursday 369 migrants arrived on Lampedusa, which has in the past seen rioting because of overcrowded reception facilities. The island, closer to Libya than Sicily, is bracing for a fresh wave of arrivals after the weather turned fine this week.