More than 2,000 Migrants Rescued Off the Coast of Italy

“More Than 2,000 Migrants Rescued Off Italian Coast,” by Gaia Piangini for the New York Times:

Italian Navy and Coast Guard vessels rescued about 2,400 migrants coming from North Africa over the past two days, the authorities said Wednesday.

The Italian authorities, working with three merchant ships, saved 2,128 migrants along the southern coast of Sicily on Tuesday, and the coast guard rescued 268 Eritrean and Syrian migrants about 10 miles east of the Italian island of Lampedusa the following day.

“This is a very serious emergency and the toll will rise; we estimate that about 2,000 more people will be coming in the next days,” said Flavio Di Giacomo, the spokesman for the International Organization for Migration in Italy. “We have never seen 13 boats coming at once, especially in March. We had many arrivals from Tunisia in 2011, but that was the Arab Spring.”…

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