Lampedusa Boat Sinks Killing 100

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At least 94 migrants have been killed and scores are missing after a boat caught fire and capsized near a Sicilian island, the coastguard has told Sky News. At least 151 people have been pulled from the water off Lampedusa, as emergency workers race to rescue more survivors. The fire then spread, causing panic on board which caused the boat to flip over, she said. A young Tunisian man believed to be one of the crew members has been detained, Ansa reported. Italy Migrant Boat Sinks Killing At Least 94 Rescuers race to pull more survivors from the water, as two children and a pregnant woman are said to be among those killed. The Pope landed on Lampedusa at the same time as nearly 200 immigrants from Africa were being detained. Lampedusa, which is closer to Africa than it is to the Italian mainland, is the main port of entry into Europe for African migrants smuggled by boat from Libya or Tunisia. Each year, thousands of people make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in often overcrowded vessels. There has been an increase in the incidents off Italy in recent weeks amid an upsurge in arrivals - mainly from Eritrea, Somalia, Egypt and Syria.

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