Italy rescues 620 migrants off Lampedusa

Police arrest two alleged human traffickers in Taranto

(ANSA) - Rome, July 24 - The Italian Navy on Thursday rescued 620 migrants, including 167 women and 37 children, from a boat in distress in waters south of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.
    Separately on Thursday, police arrested two alleged human traffickers who arrived in the southern Puglia port town of Taranto on Wednesday in a group of 1,164 rescued migrants.
    They are Sise Malik, 25, from Gambia, and Baijou Mamamoud, 20, from Senegal. They were identified by fellow migrants, who told police the presumed traffickers ordered them to remain motionless on pain of being beaten.