September 28, 2021 7:11 am
Almost 700 migrants, on an old iron fishing boat, landed in Lampedusa on Monday evening after being intercepted by the Guardia di Finanza patrol boats who escorted them to the port. Among the migrants also women and children. Identification procedures and health checks were carried out on the pier. The landing operations went on for several hours. The 686 disembarked migrants were found to be from Egypt, Chad, Morocco, Syria, Bangladesh, Sudan, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Senegal. The fishing boat, which had been intercepted by the patrol boats of the Guardia di Finanza and the Capitaneria 8 miles from the coast, left from Zuwara, Libya. All migrants were taken to the hotspot in the Imbriacola district where, at the moment, there are 1,091 people out of the 250 places available.
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Four other small boats, with a total of 67 migrants, arrived in Lampedusa during the night, after the maxi landing of 686 people. The four “carts” – occupied by 30, 8, 12 and 17 people – were intercepted almost inland by the Coast Guard and Fiamme Gialle patrol boats. These small groups – arrived after a few days of stop due to bad weather – were first taken to the Favarolo pier and then to the hotspot.
The quarantine ship for migrants
The Ministry of the Interior has informed the Prefecture of Agrigento that the quarantine ship Aurelia is arriving this morning, where migrants already subjected to a rapid swab for the diagnosis of Covid-19 and already identified will be embarked. We will immediately proceed to lighten the presence inside the first reception structure.
“With the calm sea the landings have resumed”
“After a few days of bad weather, today with the calm sea the landings have resumed”, underlined the mayor of Lampedusa Totò Martello, who supervised the landing operations in the port. “The boat – continued the mayor – seems to arrive from Libya. All the operations envisaged in these cases are underway, from the first assistance to the health checks, to the identification procedures. The migrants will be accompanied to the reception center, as early as Tuesday. they should initiate transfers to quarantine vessels “.