Italy Rescues 1,800 Migrants Over Weekend, Five Bodies Recovered – Yahoo News

Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Italy rescues 1,800 migrants over weekend, five bodies recovered By By Steve Scherer 17 hours ago 0 shares . View photo Migrants climb aboard a lifeboat during a rescue operation by Italian navy ship Grecale off the coast By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s navy said it rescued nearly 1,800 migrants in overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, and a merchant ship recovered five bodies from a sinking rubber raft off the coast of Libya. Calmer summer seas have led to a surge in people trying to reach Italy from North Africa. Italy has picked up more than 70,000 migrants so far this year in its search-and-rescue mission, called “Mare Nostrum” or “Our Sea”. The number of dead is also rising. At the start of July, the UNHCR estimated 500 migrants had died in the Mediterranean in the past six months, compared to 700 during the whole of last year. A merchant ship rescued 61 migrants and collected five bodies from a sinking rubber raft late on Sunday after its position was signalled by the navy, said the force.
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