site-wide search

Italian forces rescue 4,400 migrants off Libyan coast


SomaNet News Archive

Italian forces have rescued 4,400 migrants off the coast of Libya in in just one day after responding to requests for help from more than 20 vessels, Italy's coast guard said Sunday according to VOA. According to reports, Italy has been routinely carrying out similar rescues, bringing hundreds of migrants to its shores, but the scale of Saturday's operation was unusually large.

This year alone, more than 100,000 people have made the Mediterranean crossing to Italy, according to VOA who added that the journey is dangerous, with small boats struggling in rough waters or overloaded with too many people.

More than 2,300 people have died trying to reach Europe this year. There were 3,279 fatalities for all of 2014. Meanwhile, Europe is reportedly struggling to cope with an influx of migrants. They often first land in Italy and Greece, and then sometimes head to Europe's northern countries, where some communities have welcomed them and others have protested their arrival.