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ICC Note: According to reports, 15 Muslim migrants have been arrested by authorities in Italy after murdering 12 Christian migrants and throwing them overboard. The Christians were from Ghana and Nigeria and were heading to Italy, when a brawl broke out, leading to the deaths of the 12. BBC has stated that the Muslim men were charged with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate,” once they arrived at Palermo in Sicily.

By Stoyan Zaimov

04/17/2015 Italy (The Christian Post) – At least 15 Muslim migrants have reportedly been arrested by Italian police after murdering and throwing overboard 12 other migrants, Christians from Ghana and Nigeria, who were all on a boat heading to Italy.

BBC News reported that the Muslims were arrested when they reached the Sicilian city of Palermo, and were charged with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate.”

Migrants from various parts in Africa travel to Italy by boat in large numbers every week, often resulting in massive maritime disasters.

In a separate incident earlier this week, close to 10,000 people were rescued from a migrant boat that sank between Libya and Italy, but over 40 drowned. At least 500 people are believed to have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since the beginning of January.

Sky News reported that witnesses saw the Muslim migrants killing and throwing the Christian passengers into the sea after a brawl occurred.

Ebrima Jaiteh, one of the passengers who arrived at the Sicilian port of Trapani, described the journey as “hell.”

“I have been travelling non-stop for months, through many dangerous countries,” he said.

“In Tripoli they treated us like animals. They beat us. They shouted at us. They took all our money.”

He continued: “No human being should have to go through this. I thank God we made it. Many of my friends in different boats did not.”

CNN noted that there were 105 people who left on the rubber boat from Libya on Tuesday on the trip toward Italy. The alleged Muslim assailants are believed to be from the countries of Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal.

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