Italian Coast Guard rescues thousands of migrants from Mediterranean

The Italian Coast Guard reported that it saved thousands of refugees who were on their way to Italy from Africa after the smugglers took advantage of the calm weather and sent dozens of boats towards the destination. Dozens did not survive the journey.
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More than 4,650 migrants were rescued in 30 different operations off the coast of Libya, according to the Italian Coast Guard. In addition to the migrants who were rescued, the bodies of 28 migrants were pulled out of the water.

In the past two days, more than 10,000 migrants were rescued from the middle of the ocean. Smugglers took advantage of the relatively calm waters and attempted to send several boats to Italy. More than 50 migrants drowned while attempting to reach the coast of Italy. “People were in the water, some nearly drowned,” explained a member of the Italian Coast Guard. “They were scared and many of them, especially the women and children, suffered burns from the gas.”

Since the beginning of 2016, at least 142,000 migrants reached the coast of Italy. About 3,100 drowned on their way to Europe. Most of the migrants who are attempting to reach Italy are from Nigeria and Eritrea.

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