More than 360 migrants land on Italian shores, more expected
Authorities in Siracusa brace for arrival of 317 migrants31 October, 15:11
Authorities said the boat had managed to evade officials at sea before landing.
Another 198 migrants, mostly Somalis, were rescued from two boats in two separate operations by Italian Navy ships in the Sicilian Channel and brought to shore in Catania.
Authorities stopped a vessel with 121 Eritreans, including six minors and 23 women. Meanwhile, an Italian Navy ship carrying 317 migrants, most from sub-Saharan Africa, was expected to arrive in Syracuse mid-afternoon, police said.
They said that in the first 10 months of this year, about 11,000 migrants have landed in 96 different incidents along the coast near Siracusa, including about 4,000 unaccompanied minors.
Libyan officials said 84 people were rescued from a boat north of Tripoli as it headed towards Italy.
Authorities said all were in good condition.
The plight of migrants arriving in Italy by sea gained international attention after 400 deaths in two separate disasters earlier in October.