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Friday, July 09, 2004

The Times & The Sunday Times, Malta Immigrant numbers swell

The Times & The Sunday Times, Malta
Immigrant numbers swell
Another 26 illegal immigrants were brought to Malta yesterday by the Armed Forces of Malta in a group made up of 17 men, nine women and a baby.

The baby was the second to be found among a boatload of immigrants in two days. On Wednesday, a group of 26 included an eight-month-old infant.

The newest arrivals bring to 217 the number of illegal immigrants reported to have landed here since the beginning of June.

The AFM said a fishermen on board a trawler reported spotting a boat, with a number of persons on board, drifting about 55 nautical miles south of Malta yesterday morning. A patrol boat was deployed to take the immigrants on board and bring them to Malta.

They were taken to the Maritime Squadron base at Hay Wharf where they were handed over to the police.

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