Rome, October 4 (RHC)-- Nearly 300 African migrants are now feared dead after their boat capsized about a kilometer off Italy's Lampedusa Island. Over 130 bodies have been recovered and more than 150 rescued at the site of the tragic incident, and the fate of the rest of those on board the 20-meter vessel is still unknown.
Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano visited the island on Thursday and identified the boat's skipper, who has reportedly been arrested, as a 35-year-old Tunisian that "had been deported from Italy in April." Most of the migrants on board the vessel were from Somalia and Eritrea, according to the United Nations.
Meanwhile, Italy is holding a day of national mourning in memory of the victims of the tragic event, calling for the observation of a minute of silence in all Italian schools on Friday. Interior Minister Alfano said: "This is not an Italian tragedy, this is a European tragedy."
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