Italy Pulls Nearly 3,000 African Migrants to Safety - The New Indian Express

Italy Pulls Nearly 3,000 African Migrants to Safety

Published: 01st June 2014 11:17 AM

Last Updated: 01st June 2014 11:17 AM

ROME: Italian navy pulled nearly 3,000 African sea migrants to safety early Saturday, media reports said.

Four vessels were participating in the high-seas rescue operation, transferring to Sicily Island, in southern Italy, at least 2,800 migrants, Xinhua quoted Rai state television as saying.

Hundreds of migrants land in the Mediterranean country almost every day, most of them from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria. Many are now being rescued by Italian navy after the Italian government launched a sea patrol mission to prevent more fatalities following a dramatic shipwreck which killed over 300 migrants last year.

Italian authorities have said that over 30,000 sea migrants are estimated to have safely landed in the country since the patrol mission was started in October.

Rescue operations for the sea patrol mission officially cost the Italian government more than 9 million euros (over $12.3 million) every month.

Disclaimer: We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the NIE editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.


Recent Activity

Pinterest Google Plus Twitter Facebook tumblr RSS Mobile Site apple Newshunt