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Syrian migrants tell of perilous journey to Italy's coast
Syrian migrants tell of perilous journey to Italy's coast

The fourth boat used for his family’s journey, packed with about 500 people, mostly Syrians, was the worst, Omar Ibrahim said Thursday at a train station in the shadow of Italy’s snowcapped Mt. Etna. Ibrahim and about 80 Syrian compatriots were headed for Northern Europe after harrowing odysseys across the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle East. “It really felt like we could sink anytime in that one,” said Ibrahim, a towering orthodontist from the southern city of Dara who was traveling with his sister, wife and 2-year-old son, Suhaib. “Thank God we made it.” As European leaders fret about what to do about illicit maritime immigration — even...

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