The Italian port authority in Sicily have caught three stowaways who had sneaked onto a luxury cruise liner heading for Palma. The three immigrants told the Italian authorities that they were fleeing persecution in Israel and that their lives were in danger. The British ship Aida Vita was on a Mediterranean cruise when the three asylum seekers slipped aboard, with Palma as their final destination. The three had previously applied for asylum in Greece, but were refused. The Italian authorities took the three into custody and have since been identified as Palestinians. The authorities are now investigating whether or not, their lives really are in danger if sent home.

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