800 invaders on 12 boats on the way -
Brace for more refugees (invaders), sailors told
Australia's sailors patrolling the northern borders have been warned to brace for a surge of boats carrying up to 800 asylum seekers (invaders).
News Limited newspapers say reservists are being called up to ease the pressure on the overworked sailors.
Intelligence reports show up to 12 vessels, carrying possibly up to 800 people (invaders), are on the way from Indonesia , the newspapers say.
"The warning comes as morale among patrol boat crews dives, with many sailors now voicing support for the opposition policy of turning boats around and reinstating temporary protection visas," News Limited reports.
The total now for July is 8 boats carrying 425 invaders and 22 reported smugglers. The tally so far for 2010 on the 21st of July (the 202nd day of 2010) is 81 boats carrying 3,857 invaders and 202 reported smugglers.
24 July 2010
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