Italy Rescues Close to 800 Migrants in 72 Hours

“Italy rescues nearly 800 migrants from sea in 72 hours,” from Deutsche-Welle:

Hundreds of migrants from North Africa have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea and brought to safety in Sicily over the past three days, Italian authorities confirmed on Sunday.

The first rescue mission began on Thursday, with the Italian coast guard intercepting 520 people from five different boats. Italian authorities had reportedly been responding to a distress call sent from a cell phone from one of the vessels, which was still in Libyan waters.

Another group of roughly 78 migrants was rescued by a merchant ship the same day.

Between Friday and Saturday, the Italian navy also rescued two separate dinghies, each carrying between 90 and 100 passengers, among them children and pregnant women. The vessels had disembarked from the Libyan capital of Tripoli and were intercepted between 50 and 100 kilometers (31 miles and 62 miles) from the Libyan coast…

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