- Title: Bodies of migrants brought to shore in Sicily
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: POZZALLO, ITALY (OCTOBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF RESCUE PERSONNEL WEARING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING COFFIN BEING PUSHED BY PERSONNEL IN WHITE SUITS VARIOUS OF RESCUE PERSONNEL WORKING NEAR BLACK BODY BAGS TO TAKE BODIES FROM BOAT TO DOCK COFFIN BEING CARRIED RESCUE PERSONNEL AND SAILORS WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) DEPUTY MAYOR OF POZZALLO, FRANCESCO GUGLIOTTA, SAYING: "From what I know, among the victims, there was also a very unlucky pregnant woman, who lost her life. I think the death of these people is to be blamed on the terrible conditions they are made to travel in." VARIOUS OF RESCUER WORKING / COFFIN BEING CARRIED AWAY HEARSES LEAVING HARBOUR
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 18:59
- Keywords: Sicily migrants Libya Pozzallo bodies
- Location: POZZALLO, ITALY
- City: POZZALLO, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00152VD0ZN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The bodies of 29 migrants who were found dead on boats at sea two days ago were taken to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo on Thursday (October 6).
According to the town's deputy mayor, Francesco Gugliotta, a pregnant woman was among the dead.
More than 5,000 migrants were saved on Tuesday (October 4) and Wednesday (October 5) off the Libyan coast, bringing the total number of people rescued this week to more than 11,000, Italy's coast guard said.
More than 20 people were reported to have suffocated in the hold of one overloaded fishing boat, bringing the total death toll for Monday (October 3) and Tuesday (October 4) to 50.
Italian officials said three women saved on Monday (October 3) had given birth over the past 24 hours on a coast guard vessel that was bringing some 1,000 refugees to Sicily. The women and their three children were all reported to be in good health.
At its closest, Libya is 290 km (180 miles) from the Italian island of Lampedusa and people smugglers have taken advantage of the chaos in the north African state to use it as their main staging post in the region for journeys to Europe.
The vast majority of refugees come from Africa, including Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Somalia.
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