An Italian Coastguard ship is pictured in January 2012
An Italian Coastguard ship is pictured in January 2012. A group of 160 Syrians travelling in a fishing boat arrived in the southern Italian port of Crotone on Wednesday, after being spotted offshore by the coastguard. © Filippo Monteforte - AFP/File
An Italian Coastguard ship is pictured in January 2012
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Last updated: August 9, 2012

Boat with 160 Syrians arrives in Italy

A group of 160 Syrians travelling in a fishing boat arrived in the southern Italian port of Crotone on Wednesday, the Italian ANSA news agency said.

The group from the conflict-torn country was made up mainly of families and included 76 men, 36 women and 48 children.

Their boat was spotted about six kilometres or 10 miles offshore by a coastguard unit that escorted them to port.

The Syrians, all apparently in good health, were taken to a reception centre.

Some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) of Mediterranean Sea separate Syria and Italy.

© AFP 2012

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