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

#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.

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