Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya

Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya
August 30 06:12 2016

About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, the 
Italian coast guard says, in one of the biggest operations of
 its kind to date.

Migrants from Eritrea and Somalia cheered, with some 
jumping into the water and swimming to the rescue vessels
while others carefully carried babies aboard, AP news
agency reported.

Some 40 separate rescue operations took place, the 
coast guard said.
 The instability in Libya has made the country a hub for
 people-trafficking.

The rescue took place about 20km (12 miles) off the Libyan
 town of Sabratha and included vessels from Italy as well as
the EU’s border agency Frontex and the NGOs Proactiva
 Open Arms and Medecins Sans Frontieres.
 The migrants had set off in overcrowded and unseaworthy
 vessels with enough fuel to reach waiting rescuers, the
 Associated Press news agency reported

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