Italy: 17 dead, 4,200 more migrants saved off Libya’s coast

The coast guard said Saturday that 17 migrants were found dead aboard one of the vessels. In all, 4,243 rescued migrants were being brought to Italian harbors.

By: Associated Press | Rome | Published:May 30, 2015 5:05 pm
Italy boat, Italy Boat migrants,  Mediterranean sea,  Mediterranean sea migrants, Libya migrants, libya smugglers, Italy Mediterranean sea migrants, Italy news, Europe news, International news Temporarily detained migrants wait at the port at Kos island, Greece, on Friday, May 29, 2015, after they were rescued by Greek Coast Guard while they were trying to cross from Turkey to Greece on a dinghy.(Source: AP)

The Italian coast guard says it has coordinated the rescue of more than 4,000 migrants off Libya’s coast in 22 separate operations.

The rescues, from 13 boats and nine motorized rubber dinghies, took place on Friday. The coast guard said on Saturday that 17 migrants were found dead aboard one of the vessels. In all, 4,243 rescued migrants were being brought to Italian harbors.

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Smugglers are reaping millions by overcrowding unseaworthy boats with migrants on Libya’s Mediterranean coast to set out for Italian shores. The migrants are fleeing war, persecution or poverty in Africa, the Mideast and elsewhere.

Italy boat, Italy Boat migrants, Mediterranean sea, Mediterranean sea migrants, Libya migrants, libya smugglers, Italy Mediterranean sea migrants, Italy news, Europe news, International news migrants wait outside the police station to receive temporary traveling papers at Kos island, Greece Saturday, May 30, 2015. Greece and Italy are the main points of entry into the European Union for refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Africa hoping to reach other European Union countries.(Source: AP)

Cargo ships and Irish and German navy vessels helped Italian military craft in Friday’s rescues. Italy has demanded its European partners help more with migrants, who have been coming in huge numbers this year.

 

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