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Boat with 200 African refugees arrives in Italy

November 21, 2009

Rome – A boat with around 200 refugees from Africa arrived at the Italian Mediterranean island of Sicily overnight, Coast Guard officals said Saturday.

Coast Guard vessels intercepted the boat around midnight and escorted it to the port of Pozzallo.

The migrants said they came from Eritrea, but it was not clear which port they set off from.

There were 48 women, four children and a new-born baby among the group.

Some were suffering from dehydration after a journey lasting several days and had to be taken to hospital for treatment, media reports said.

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