2,900 mi­grants res­cued at sea

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Ital­ian coast guard ships and ves­sels from a multi- na­tion naval mis­sion and hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions res­cued at least 2,900 mi­grants from 21 boats launched by smug­glers from Libyan shores, author­i­ties said.

The coast guard said the res­cues were car­ried out by mil­i­tary ves­sels from Italy, Spain, Ire­land and Bri­tain as well as a boat op­er­ated by hu­man­i­tar­ian per­son­nel.

About 100 of the mi­grants were be­ing brought to the tiny is­land of Lampe­dusa, off Si­cily.

Author­i­ties were de­ter­min­ing which larger ports in south­ern Italy would re­ceive the oth­ers.

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