A flotilla of migrant boats from Tunisia overwhelms an Italian island and tests Meloni’s policy

ROME (AP) — A flotilla of flimsy boats, crowded with migrants and launched from Tunisia, is overwhelming a tiny Italian island south of Sicily. The arrival of some 120 rickety iron boats that converged on Lampedusa in just over 24 hours has taxed the ability of coast guard and border police to intercept them offshore. The migrants came in great numbers with at least 6,800 of them arriving on Wednesday. Local media said migrants scuffled over food and water, while police waved batons at some to clear the way near the docks.