Italy: Over 70 rescued migrants reach Lampedusa

Over 70 migrants disembarked a coast guard boat on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday night, after being rescued by the coastal guard. The migrants, including women and children, were seen being escorted to a safe mooring space before disembarking on the island, where a medical team conducted temperature checks and vehicles were stationed nearby to take the migrants to a reception centre. Italy's southern island of Lampedusa has become the migrant hotspot with hundreds of new arrivals only over the past week. The migrant centre in Lampedusa is built to hold up to approximately 200 people, yet currently holds well over 1,000. The small island has a population of around 6,000 people and has become a prominent entry point for migrants arriving across the Mediterranean from North Africa.

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