7 September 2012, 14:43

Illegal immigrants' boat sinks south of Italy

Illegal immigrants' boat sinks south of Italy

A large fishing boat carrying over 100 illegal Tunisian immigrants sank off the island of Lampedusa, the southernmost part of Italy in the early hours of Friday.

According to France Presse, 54 people have been saved and several dozens are missing.

Italian coast guards, planes and three NATO ships are taking part in the rescue operation.

France Presse reports that the boat sank without sending an SOS signal.

A powerful wave of immigrants has covered Europe, especially Italy, since last year. The immigrants are coming from North Africa, in particular Tunisia and Libya where the ruling regimes have been changed by force.

RIA

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