Italy re­cov­ers 14 dead on smug­glers’ boats in 2 days

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

5,700 mi­grants have been res­cued from dozens of small boats and rub­ber dinghies be­tween Fri­day and Satur­day, the Ital­ian Coast Guard said yes­ter­day.

Ital­ian of­fi­cials say that 14 bod­ies have been re­cov­ered in a two­day pe­riod on smug­glers’ boats packed with mi­grants mak­ing the per­ilous jour­ney across the Mediter­ranean. The Ital­ian Coast Guard says the dead in­cluded a 25-year-old preg­nant woman.

Premier Mat­teo Renzi ap­pealed to his Euro­pean part­ners to come up with a fun­da­men­tal so­lu­tion to the mi­grant is­sue dur­ing a visit to Si­cily on Satur­day, say­ing “we can­not go on this way.” He called for fi­nan­cial penal­ties for eastern Euro­pean coun­tries that refuse to take in mi­grants.

The In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­grants says at least 3,650 mi­grants have died cross­ing the Mediter­ranean this year.

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