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Syrian family arrives in Italy in first humanitarian airlift of migrant crisis

Syrian family arrives in Italy in first humanitarian airlift of migrant crisis

A 7-year-old Syrian girl suffering from a rare form of eye cancer arrived in Italy on Thursday, the first of an estimated 1,000 refugees who are being brought here on humanitarian grounds in a pilot project aimed at dissuading people from embarking on deadly sea crossings.

Little Falak al Hourani, her parents and 6-year-old brother Hussein landed on a commercial flight at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport thanks to the "humanitarian corridor" project launched by the Rome-based Catholic Sant'Egidio Community and the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy.

The two groups lobbied the Italian government to grant 1,000 humanitarian visas for particularly vulnerable...

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