Muslim Migrants Drown Christians During Sea Voyage
Italian police has arrested 15 Muslim for allegedly throwing 12 Christian passengers overboard following a religious-related conflict on their boat. The incident happened during a voyage from Libya to Italy this week.
Police arrested the suspects in the Sicilian city of Palermo, according to BBC. They were charged with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate.”
The rubber boat carried 105 passengers from Italy on Tuesday, and it mostly comprised Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal.
Other people on the journey were saved “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain,” informed Palermo police, as quoted by CNN.
The migrants killed were from Nigeria and Ghana.
Every year, thousands to people flee from war-affected areas in Africa and the Middle East to escape poverty. Unfortunately, few meet with mishap following poorly equipped vessels not recommended for the trip.
It is estimated that more than 10,000 people arrived on the Italian sea coast from Libya since last weekend.
Many people die every year while attempting to cross the Mediterranean due to capsizing boats. Last year, around 3,200 migrants lost their lives during the trip. According to the International Organization for Migration, at least 22,000 passengers have died since the year 2000.