Italy rescues 1,850 migrants in strait of Sicily

 12 Apr 2016 - 18:52

Italy rescues 1,850 migrants in strait of Sicily
Migrants are seen during a rescue operation by Italian Navy vessels off the coast of Sicily in this April 11, 2016 handout picture provided by Marina Militare. REUTERS/Marina Militare

Rome: Italian coastguard rescued 1,850 migrants in eight operations in the Strait of Sicily, coming from North Africa.
Two small boats carrying a total of 740 people were intercepted by the coastguard ship Diciotti, while Italian Navy vessel Cigala Fulgosi came to the aid of two inflatable dinghies with 255 people on board, a coastguard statement said.
A merchant ship was diverted to help another 117 people, while an EU naval force vessel picked up 738 migrants trying to cross on two barges and a small boat.
There are also concerns that European efforts to shut down the migrant sea crossing from Turkey to Greece will encourage more people to attempt the more dangerous Mediterranean passage from Libya to Italy.