Europe: Some 6,000 migrants hoping to head to Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Friday and yesterday in dozens of frantic operations co-ordinated by the Italian coastguard.
Some 3,000 were picked up yesterday by the navy, coastguard, EU border agency Frontex and several NGOs, the coastguard said in a statement.
Some of them have already been taken to shore in Italy while others, including 730 on board a ship operated by Doctors Without Borders, were on their way.
The Libyan coastguard told AFP it had picked up around 170 migrants off Tripoli on Saturday, but had failed to rescue others “due to a lack of means”.
Some 37,000 people, many of them sub-Saharan Africans, have arrived in Italy from Libya since the start of the year – a figure some thirty percent higher than a year earlier, according to the Italian interior ministry.
More than 4,500 migrants died or were missing and feared drowned in 2016, and another 1,000 have met the same fate this year.