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Italian navy rescues 175 migrants in Strait of Sicily

Jan. 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

CATANIA, Sicily, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- An Italian navy vessel rescued 175 migrants, including six children, and arrested 15 alleged human smugglers in the Strait of Sicily Thursday, officials said.

The migrants -- from Syria, Egypt and Iraq -- were being brought to the Sicilian port city of Catania, Adnkronos International reported.

All of the migrants were in good health, expect one who was suffering from hypothermia, said a statement from the Italian navy.

Fifteen crew members on a so-called mother ship nearby were arrested on suspicion of human smuggling, Adnkronos said.

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