18 Migrants Die of Suffocation Aboard African Boat to Italy

World | July 19, 2014, Saturday // 14:41| Views: | Comments: 1
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18 migrants have died, reportedly by suffocating, aboard a crowded boat travelling from North Africa to Italy carrying hundreds asylum-seekers on Saturday.

The migrants are said to have choked on fumes from an old engine while they were confined below deck, Italian news agency Ansa reports.

According to the BBC, the boat, with 600 people on board, was intercepted south of the island of Lampedusa, Italy's southernmost point after sending out an SOS signal.

Another person died while being rescued and two more have been evacuated by helicopter and taken to Palermo hospital in Sicily in a serious condition, international media reports said.

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Abukar Mohamed - 23 Jul 2014 // 09:20:58

plz What were the native populations the 18 Migrants i mean ARE THEY ANY SOMAL'S

THNK YOU it very importantant for me because some my relatives there


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