Italy navy rescues over 1,000 boat migrants in 24 hours
ROME (AFP) - The Italian navy said on Friday it had rescued in 24 hours more than 1,000 migrants attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean by boat in rough winter seas.
Some 823 migrants were picked up on Thursday and another 233 were rescued Wednesday as part of a major ongoing search and rescue operation to save the lives of thousands of immigrants heading for Europe in overcrowded and rickety boats, the navy said.
The immigrants, including 30 women and 42 minors, mainly hail from Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan and Tunisia.
Six military vessels and several helicopters were involved in picking them up and transferring them to the coastal town of Augusta in Sicily.