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Ship With 151 Migrants Rescued off Libya Docks in Sicily

Ship With 151 Migrants Rescued off Libya Docks in Sicily

Sunday, 3 November, 2019 - 12:30
A migrant hugs a rescuer aboard the Alan Kurdi rescue ship, before stepping into the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. AP

An Italian offshore supply vessel has brought 151 migrants to Sicily after rescuing them in waters off Libya a day earlier.


The Asso Trenta docked Sunday at Pozzallo with the migrants.


It wasn't immediately known if they would stay in Italy or be distributed among other European Union countries, the Associated Press reported.


Hours earlier, a German charity's rescue boat, Alan Kurdi, had disembarked 88 migrants at Taranto on the Italian mainland.


Under an EU-brokered deal, 67 of them will go to four other countries, while the others will stay in Italy.


A Taranto official, Gabriella Ficocelli, told the Italian news agency ANSA the migrants included five unaccompanied minors who were "tired and tried by the voyage."


They disembarked eight days after being rescued in the Mediterranean Sea from Libya-based traffickers' unseaworthy vessels.


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