6500 mi­grants res­cued off Libyan coast

The Myanmar Times - - World -

The Italian coast­guard has co­or­di­nated the res­cue of about 6500 mi­grants off the coast of Libya in one of its busiest days of life-sav­ing in re­cent years. Dra­matic im­ages showed mi­grants wear­ing life jack­ets jump­ing off one of their boats into the Mediter­ranean and swim­ming to­ward res­cuers. “The com­mand cen­tre co­or­di­nated 40 res­cue op­er­a­tions” that in­cluded ves­sels from Italy, hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as the EU’s bor­der agency Fron­tex, and “saved 6500 mi­grants”, the coast­guard wrote on Twit­ter on Au­gust 29. – AFP

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