Breathtaking VIDEO: 1,200 Rescued Refugees Arrive in Italy’s Messina

Wed Aug 31, 2016 13:11:59

About 1,200 migrants arrived in the Sicilian port of Messina on Tuesday after being rescued off the Libyan coast the previous day; among them were numerous children and unaccompanied minors.

The Italian Coast Guard says a total of 6,500 people were rescued on 29 August in different operations involving the Italian Coast Guard, the Italian Navy and ships from the European Union Naval Force - Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) as well as ships from non-profit organizations.

Italian Navy ship Virginio Fasan brought in Sicily the first group of migrants, mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The rest of the migrants will be brought to different harbors in Italy in the coming days.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2016 a total of 266,026 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea and some 3,156 have died or gone missing in the attempt.

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