“Italian navy rescues 730 migrants in overcrowded boats off Sicily,” by Lindsay Isaac and Laura Smith-Spark for CNN:
The Italian navy rescued 730 migrants from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, it said Wednesday.
The migrants, who departed in two boats from North Africa, are being taken to a port in Sicily’s Agrigento province, the navy said in a statement.
Those rescued include 124 women and 29 children, it said. The overcrowded boats were losing buoyancy and the migrants were not equipped with life jackets, the navy added.
Italy is a major gateway into Europe for migrants who come by sea from North Africain hope of reaching EU soil.
Shipwrecks off the shores of its Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Lampedusa are common, thanks to the frequent use of overcrowded and barely seaworthy vessels…