Italian Navy Rescues Migrants Off Lampedusa Totaling 1,000

“Italy rescues 1,000 migrants off Lampedusa inside 24 hours,” from the BBC:

Italian navy and coastguard vessels have rescued more than 1,000 migrants off the tiny island of Lampedusa in the past 24 hours, Italian officials say.

On Thursday 823 migrants were picked up from four overcrowded, rickety boats. The migrants were mainly from Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq and Pakistan.

On Wednesday 233 migrants were saved in a separate operation. They were from Pakistan and several African countries.

Lampedusa has struggled to cope with thousands of migrants coming ashore.

The latest boatloads of migrants have been taken to Sicily…

 

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