Residents attack migrants on Italian island

Clashes with residents broke out on Wednesday after some residents threw stones, local officials said.

Residents attack migrants on Italian island

Italians attacked migrants on Wednesday on an Italian island off the coast of Sicily.

Clashes with residents broke out on Wednesday after some residents threw stones, local officials said.

Lampedusa, roughly midway between Sicily and the African mainland, has been the point of arrival in Europe for hundreds of small, often overcrowded boats carrying would-be immigrants from Tunisia and Libya.

At times, the island's 5,000-strong population has been outnumbered by the immigrants, most of them young men in search of work in Europe.

Tensions erupted on Tuesday when some migrants set fire to a holding centre on the island in protest at plans for forced repatriation.

Around 1,200 migrants were relocated to a sports field after the incident.

Italian news agency ANSA reported that journalists on the island were threatened by some residents on Wednesday. There have been similar reports from humanitarian groups which have representatives monitoring the situation on the ground.

Agencies

 

Last Mod: 21 Eylül 2011, 16:29
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