Dozens more refugee boats reach Lampedusa

FRANCE 24 16 August 2011

Some 1,600 migrants from north Africa have arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa this weekend, ANSA news agency reported Sunday. About 100 women and 40 children including three babies were among those who reached the island between Saturday morning and Sunday morning on a dozen boats.

Coast guards spotted two more boats Sunday carrying several hundred migrants between seven and 50 miles off Lampedusa's southern coast.

In southwestern Sardinia two boats carrying 45 men, one woman and two children landed overnight Saturday. (...)