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More than 600 people trying to cross the Mediterranean aboard a fishing boat were rescued on Saturday by a merchant ship and the coastguard off Calabria, in the far south of Italy’s boot.

They were unloaded in several ports of Sicily.

The authorities also found on board five bodies of dead migrants in still undetermined circumstances.

On the island of Lampedusa, 522 people from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia in particular arrived overnight from Saturday to Sunday aboard fifteen different boats, in from Tunisia and Libya.

According to the Italian media, the reception center of this small rock closer to Africa than to Italy is overwhelmed. With a capacity of 250 to 300 people, it currently houses 1,200, says the ANSA agency.

Migrants who manage to reach the coasts of Lampedusa or Sicily travel on outdated and overloaded boats, in deplorable sanitary conditions, often without life jackets, with meager food, and under a blazing sun.

The daily Sicily specifies that the last landings in Lampedusa saw ships with dozens, even hundreds of people on board, but also small inflatables.

Children and women.

Rescue at sea NGOs continue to recover hundreds of migrants lost in the Mediterranean.

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women and children

Thus, four Tunisians, including a woman, were stranded in the night on the beach of Cala Pisana after crossing the small arm of the sea which separates Tunisia from the island. Simultaneously, the coastguards intercepted a 13-meter vessel, leaving Zawija in Libya, with 123 Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Egyptians and Sudanese on board.

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In addition, sea rescue NGOs continue to recover hundreds of migrants lost in the Mediterranean.

SeaWatch said on Sunday it carried out four rescue operations on Saturday.people, including women and children, a pregnant woman of 9months and a patient with severe burns”,”text”:”On board the SeaWatch3 we have 428 people, including women and children, a 9-month pregnant woman and a patient with severe burns”}}”>On board the SeaWatch3 we have 428 people, including women and children, a 9 month pregnant woman and a patient with severe burnsshe says on her Twitter account.

The OceanViking, of the NGO SOS Méditerranée, said it had recovered 87 people, including 57 unaccompanied minors, piled up on an overcrowded rubber boat in distress in international waters off Libya.

Between 1er January and July 22, 34,000 people arrived in Italy by sea, compared to 25,500 in the same period of 2021 and 10,900 in 2020, according to the Interior Ministry.

The Central Mediterranean migration route is the most dangerous in the world. The International Organization for Migration estimates the number of dead and missing there at 990 since the beginning of the year.

Tense political situation

This seasonal increase in arrivals during the summer coincides this year in Italy with a turbulent political context.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned, dropped by several parties making up his government of national unity.

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, dissolved the parliament and fixed for September 25 elections for which the right and the extreme right are given favourites.

Sunday morning on Twitter, Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega (anti-immigration), deplored the arrival ofillegal immigrants in a few hours in Lampedusa”,”text”:”411 illegal immigrants in a few hours in Lampedusa”}}”>411 illegal immigrants in a few hours in Lampedusa.

September, Italians will finally be able to choose change: for the return of security, courage and border control”,”text”:”On September 25, Italians will finally be able to choose change: for the return of security, courage and courage and border control”}}”>On September 25, Italians will finally be able to choose change: for the return of security, courage and border controlhe wrote.

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