ROME- About 650 migrants reached the Italian coast in a fishing boat, the latest in increasing attempts to reach the country.
The boat which was about 30 metres long and overloaded, arrived in the southern town of Roccella Ionica, the Italian news agency ANSA reported on Monday.
The report said the boat departed from Libya and its passengers had been travelling for five day.
The passengers were all men who came from Syria, Pakistan, Egypt and Bangladesh, ANSA said.
They reached the Calabrian town unaided, without the involvement of the coast guard or civilian sea rescuers.
Thousands of people arrived in Italy over the weekend. Dozens of others died in the attempt or went missing because their boats capsized.
Meanwhile, the aid organisation Doctors Without Borders brought 190 Mediterranean migrants ashore to the southern Italian city of Bari.
The group’s Geo Barents vessel reached the port on the Adriatic coast previously assigned by Italian authorities late on Sunday afternoon, it said.
The ship picked up people on Friday from an unseaworthy wooden boat, including several unaccompanied minors.
However, many people repeatedly try to reach Lampedusa, Malta, Sicily or the Italian mainland by boats from Tunisia and Libya, crossing the central Mediterranean Sea in a potentially deadly journey.
According to official figures, Italy has already registered more than 21,000 boat migrants since the beginning of January, or more than three times the number of migrants seen in each of the two previous years, when about 6,000 per year arrived.(dpa/NAN)