Related tweets about rescued migrants are added at the end of the news. 6 boats in the sea between Tunisia and Sicily saw 700 migrants being transported by Italian navy, trying to fleece to Europe. Europe’s winter has left the Mediterranean in bad weather, in spite of which several such incidents take place every day.
The nationalities and identities have been kept under wraps.
Opinions for this news:
Mark : Turn the boats around, these are Economic refugees they are not people starving to death from drought, they are people that are to gutless to fight for their own countries, if a Religion is controlling a country then take the leaders out and execute them, how can Europe have nearly 1 million refugees and Turkey, and the rest of the middle east have several million when there are only meant to be between 30 and 40 thousand ISIS fighters, grow some balls go back to your countries and take them back, round up any ISIS fighters, supporters families and shoot them do not think you can rehabilitate them, do this and win the respect of the Western world who would then be prepared to help you rebuild, keep fleeing and allowing these thugs to gain control; and you will lose any support from the West.
Kaos : Europe is being invaded and their governments are encouraging it. Like a train wreck in slow motion that you just cannot look away from.
More than 700 migrants were rescued from six leaky boats in the sea between Tunisia and Sicily on Tuesday and four were found dead, the Italian navy said.
More than 400 migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year, as people continue to try to cross into Europe despite bad winter weather in the second year of Europe’s biggest migration crisis since World War Two.
More than 110,000 people, many fleeing poverty and war in Africa and the Middle East, have arrived in Greece and Italy this year, a sharp increase on 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The navy said one of its ships went to help three boats, recovering 403 survivors and the four bodies. Another ship rescued 219 people from two vessels and a third coordinated the rescue of 105 migrants from their sinking boat.
The navy did not say what nationality the migrants were nor did it give any other information about their identities.
Bad weather cut the number of people arriving last month in Greece, the main gateway to Europe for migrants, but the number was still nearly 40 times higher than in the previous January, European Union border agency Frontex says.
Most of those were from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, while most of those who entered Europe via Italy were Nigerian, according to Frontex.
It is thought they were trying to reach Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost island, which for years has been a gateway to Europe for illicit migration by sea.
The migrants included around 50 women, of whom at least four were pregnant, as well as 50 children.
The turmoil in the wake of the Arab Spring, the civil war in Syria and acute instability in the Horn of Africa has led to a sharp increase in the number of immigrants trying to reach Italian shores in the past year.
Last year nearly 43,000 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers reached Italy by sea, more than three times as many as in 2012.
The Italian government this week described the numbers as “an incessant and massive influx of migrants.”
The main country of origin was Syria, which accounted for more than 11,000 migrants, a massive increase on the 582 Syrians who arrived in Italy by sea in 2012.