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#Factoftheday: 6055 migrants rescued on the sea route between Libya and Italy

  • 6055 migrants were rescued yesterday on the sea route between Libya and Italy.
  • This is one of the biggest rescue operation achieved in a single day.
  • At least 22 of them died before ships arrived to save them.
  • About 10 ships from the coast guard, the navy and humanitarian organisations took part in the operation, some of them operating up till 20 rescue operations that day.
  • Libyan coastguard patrols intercepted three boats with more than 450 migrants trying to cross.
  • Yesterday was also the third anniversary of the sinking of a migrant boat off Lampedusa in which 386 people died.
  • The president of the Italian Red Cross, Francesco Rocca, said « Three years later and people continue to die in their thousands – nothing has changed. Indifference is killing people. »
  • Around 132000 migrants have arrived in Italy since the start of the beginning of 2016 and 3054 have died.
  • Most migrants leave from Libya where smugglers are acting with impunity thanks to the political chaos and insecurity reigning in the country.

Adeline Silva Pereira

Après avoir effectué la deuxième année du master Sécurité Globale analyste politique trilingue à l'Université de Bordeaux, j'effectue un stage au sein d'EU Logos afin de pouvoir mettre en pratique mes compétences d'analyste concernant l'actualité européenne sur la défense, la sécurité et plus largement la coopération judiciaire et policière.

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