18580
Nearly 6,000 Migrants Rescued in 2 Days
International

Nearly 6,000 Migrants Rescued in 2 Days

The Italian coast guard on Sunday said Italian, German, Swedish, Spanish and British ships rescued 5,851 migrants, mostly found about 80 km off the coast of Libya.
The rescues took place in 30 operations spanning 48 hours, launched after travelers sent distress signals using satellite phones.
Federico Fossi, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said there had been 10 distress calls within a few hours on Sunday, DW reported.
A total of 3,480 people were rescued on Saturday while 2,371 were brought to safety a day later. The German military said it had destroyed several boats after rescuing nearly 1,400 migrants, since the vessels were causing obstacles in shipping lanes.
Asylum seekers were initially being taken to Italian ports, creating tension between the government and local opposition party politicians who said they were unwilling to welcome any more refugees.
Roberto Maroni, the Northern League president of the Lombardy region, said he would not shelter any more migrants and would cut funding to cities that agreed to host them.
According to the UNHCR, more than 46,500 migrants have arrived in Italy by boat since the beginning of the year, a 12-percent increase on the number of refugees in the same period in 2014.

 

Short URL : http://goo.gl/VADFgM

You can also read ...

Burundi Opposition Rejects Referendum Ahead of Result
The leader of a Burundian opposition coalition said Saturday...
Donald Trump (L) and his son Donald Jr.
Three months before the 2016 presidential election, Donald...
Venezuela’s Maduro Eyes Second Term
Defying foreign governments’ pressure, Venezuelan President...
Black Box of Crashed Cuban Plane Recovered
Cuban officials say they have found one of the two black boxes...
S. Korea, US Discuss North’s Threat to Scrap Summit
US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-...
Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (L) speaks during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Iraq on May 19.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Muqtada al-Sadr...
Modi: Development Key to Solving Kashmir Problems
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said development is...
Sturgeon Says Scots Will Look Again at Independence
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday she...

Trending

Googleplus