Seven migrants drown as boat capsizes off Lampedusa in Italy – ANSA
ROME, June 30 (Reuters) – At least seven migrants drowned after a boat carrying them capsized five miles off the Italian island of Lampedusa early Wednesday, ANSA news agency reported.
Nine others are still missing, but 46 people were rescued and brought to the Mediterranean island, the agency added.
Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous crossing in recent years, many fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
Arrivals to Italy – one of the main migratory routes to Europe – had declined, but numbers picked up in 2021.
Nearly 19,800 migrants have arrived in Italy since the start of the year, up from just over 6,700 at the same time last year, according to data from the Interior Ministry.
Nearly 300 migrants disembarked on the island overnight on four other ships, local media reported.
The coast guard and finance police were not immediately available for comment.
Reporting by Giulia Segreti; Editing by Andrew Heavens
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