- Title: Over 800 rescued migrants arrive in Catania, Sicily
- Date: 6th November 2016
- Summary: CATANIA, SICILY, ITALY (NOVEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES SHIP BOURBON ARGOS SAILING TOWARDS CATANIA PORT YOUNG MIGRANT MEN ON DECK BOURBON ARGOS IN PORT WITH RED CROSS EMERGENCY TENTS SET UP ON QUAYSIDE EMERGENCY WORKERS ON QUAYSIDE RED CROSS WORKERS BOARDING SHIP MIGRANTS AND EMERGENCY WORKERS STANDING VARIOUS OF YOUNG MIGRANT MEN DISEMBARKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (MSF) COORDINATOR ON BOARD BOURBON ARGOS, MICHELE TELARO, SAYING: "We are disembarking now in Catania 868 people that we rescued two days' ago on Friday, November 4, 15 miles north from Sabratha in Libya. There are 740 men, 120 women and 8 small children, among them there are around 70 unaccompanied minors." EMERGENCY WORKERS SHEPHERDING YOUNG MIGRANTS TOWARDS EMERGENCY TENTS EMERGENCY WORKERS ON QUAYSIDE VARIOUS RED CROSS WORKERS CARRYING MIGRANT ON STRETCHER TOWARDS MEDICAL TENT VARIOUS MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING EMERGENCY WORKERS HANDING MIGRANTS CARRIER BAGS WITH SUPPLIES INCLUDING BOTTLED WATER RED CROSS WORKERS CARRYING MIGRANT ON STRETCHER OFF BOAT (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (MSF) COORDINATOR ON BOARD BOURBON ARGOS, MICHELE TELARO, SAYING: "We really hope the authorities can find a solution as soon as possible to be able to offer dignified conditions of reception to all these people, that we do not forget they come from very difficult and tough situation and all of them, they are in a way, come from some kind of (Libya) violence during their trip and especially in Libya." EMERGENCY WORKERS WITH MIGRANT FAMILY INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN ON QUAYSIDE YOUNG MIGRANT MEN STANDING IN LINE TO ENTER RECEPTION TENT YOUNG MIGRANT WOMEN HOLDING BABY NEAR RECEPTION TENT MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING FROM SHIP MIGRANT WRAPPED IN GOLDEN FOIL BLANKET BEING WHEELED ON STRETCHER TOWARDS AMBULANCE ON QUAYSIDE MIGRANT MAN CARRYING SMALL GIRL WALKING TOWARDS EMERGENCY RECEPTION TENT BOURBON ARGOS SHIP IN PORT
- Embargoed: 21st November 2016 13:50
- Keywords: Migrants rescue Catania Italian Coastguard refugees Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF
- Location: CATANIA, SICILY, ITALY
- City: CATANIA, SICILY, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00157B2WJR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Over 800 migrants arrived into Italy's Catania port on Sunday (November 6) after they were rescued from overcrowded boats 15 miles north of the Libyan coast.
The 868 migrants travelled onboard the medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) ship, the Bourbon Argos. It is part of a fleet of ships run by non-governmental organisations to assist the Italian Coastguard and Navy in their search and rescue operations.
Emergency workers set up a temporary reception centre at the port to process the arrivals.
The MSF Coordinator on board the Bourbon Argos, Michele Telaro said there was around 70 unaccompanied minors.
"There are 740 men, 120 women and 8 small children, among them there are around 70 unaccompanied minors," said Telaro.
Information on the nationalities of the migrants who arrived at the port was not available.
The vast majority of refugees come from Africa, including Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Somalia.
The International Organization for Migration said last week that 159,496 people had reach Italy by sea this year and 4,220 died trying - a sharp increase from 3,777 in the whole of 2015.
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