Italy seizes Egyptian boat with 60 undocumented immigrants

Italian authorities said they seized on Monday an Egyptian boat carrying 60 undocumented immigrants, including 15 below the age of 18.

Two police boats followed the Egyptian one, whose captain tried to escape. However, police stopped the boat and accompanied it to the Italian coast. The immigrants were then transferred to the harbor, where their identities are being checked so Italian authorities can take appropriate legal measures.

Meanwhile, in Mazara del Vallo, a town in Italy’s southwestern island of Sicily, the mayor said an illegal boat carrying 31 undocumented immigrants arrived on Tuesday. No further details about their identities were provided.

In a public statement, the mayor said he has written to Prime Minister Mario Monti about this phenomenon, which he said has become a burden on the town due to its lack of financial resources to tackle the issue.

Edited translation from MENA

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