Italy Rescues 3,500 Migrants

“Mare Nostrum operations rescue 3,500 migrants in two days,” from ANSAmed:

The Italian navy since Wednesday has rescued over 3,500 migrants packed in troubled boats under the Mare Nostrum patrol and rescue operation.

The administration of Italian Premier Enrico Letta set up Mare Nostrum to prevent further deaths at sea following two migrant ship disasters in October 2013 in which at least 400 people died. The last operation took place Thursday night with the rescue of 574 migrants from a boat taking water from the engine room. Thursday morning, an injured person and a pregnant woman were taken by helicopter to the Lampedusa hospital accompanied by a volunteer doctor from the nonprofit Fondazione Rava NPH Italia.

A total of 706 and 488 migrants were aboard the Orione patrol boat and the Sfinge corvette, respectively. Both groups of migrants were assisted in the last 36 hours.

Two civilian ships also took part in rescue operations. The boats were rerouted toward distressed vessels and took on 99 and 88 refugees…

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