Italian authorities have prevented a ferry carrying more than 1,800 people, mostly Moroccan nationals fleeing Libya, from docking in Sicily amid fears of a giant wave of migration towards Italian shores.
AFP - Italy on Tuesday blocked a ferry loaded with more than 1,800 Africans fleeing Libya from docking in Sicily amid immigration fears as the EU urged the authorities to check whether refugees could be on board.
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A European Commission spokesman, Marcin Grabiec, told reporters: "We are following the situation closely and we remind European Union member states to verify with great attention if refugees could be on board the ferry."
Date created : 2011-03-15