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Boat carrying 70 Syrian migrants rescued by coastguard

Refugees fleeing war-torn country for Italy on the rise

Boat carrying 70 Syrian migrants rescued by coastguard

Palermo, August 29 - The Italian coastguard rescued 70 Syrian migrants from a boat off the coast of Sicily, taking them aboard their ship and transporting them to shore, port authorities said Thursday. Port authorities said they received an emergency call overnight Wednesday and were able to locate a 25-metre boat some 85 miles off the southern coast of Sicily near the city of Siracusa. All of the migrants, including four children, are safe and in good condition, authorities said. An increasing number of Syrians are fleeing to Italy with 2,872 arriving on its coasts in the first eight months of 2013, the Italian interior ministry said Wednesday. In recent weeks the number of Syrians who made the perilous crossing from North Africa has surged as war rages in their homeland.

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