Italy rescued nearly 100 000 migrants this year

Rome - The Italian navy said on Monday it had rescued more than 2 000 migrants over the weekend from boats in the Mediterranean, bringing the number it has brought ashore this year to nearly 100 000.

It said the latest arrivals included 94 migrants crammed into a 30m long sailing boat intercepted off the coast of Calabria by the coast guard, which arrested three Turkish men on board on suspicion of human trafficking.

Another 2 700 migrants were rescued last weekend, and the boats continue to come as traffickers take advantage of calm summer seas.

Most of the migrants making the risky and often deadly journeys come from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria, but there are also many arriving from across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

They are picked up as part of Italy's "Mare Nostrum" operation, a large-scale naval deployment that was launched after twin shipwrecks in October left more than 400 migrants dead.

Close to 100 000 migrants have now landed in Italy so far this year, far higher than the previous record of some 60 000 arriving in 2011 at the height of the turmoil triggered by the Arab Spring revolutions.

Figures released at the end of July showed some 93 000 migrants had been rescued since the start of 2014.

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Akhenaten 2014-08-11 04:11:38 PM
Africa is for Africans. How come so many leave for Europe. Europe is bad. The people from Europe are bad. Please explain.
Derek Bredenkamp 2014-08-11 04:29:18 PM
Do they expect us to thank them for "rescuing" people that are then thrown into prison camps?
Wimpy Van Der Westhuizen 2014-08-11 04:35:13 PM
and if thy dont send them back soon thy will be sorry
dfgdg.ytrdfgbfdg 2014-08-11 04:35:18 PM
They are not thrown into prison camps
John Stoltz 2014-08-11 04:42:40 PM
Are these perhaps the same people who always criticizes the West??
Martha Pezu 2014-08-11 05:18:54 PM
Sent then back asap!
Leon Coetzee566 2014-08-11 05:36:11 PM
Italy's worst mistake EVER
Bento Maepa 2014-08-11 06:24:11 PM
Africa is not friendly to its own people anymore. Africa is not a better place for Africans to live in anymore.
Verity 2014-08-11 07:27:15 PM
These immigrants risk their lives to escape from North African Islamic states to spread the joys of islam. Europe takes them in where they get paid free social welfare and still live in the lap of luxury compared to the hell holes they come from. Only the most murderous cut throat (literally) make it to the other side in a trip of survival. Gadaffi prophesised that if he died then Europe would turn black. True story. It's started happening long ago and is now only escalating.
David Groenewald 2014-08-11 07:55:36 PM
Send them back! They are causing alot of problems in Italy and Greece.