At least 414 migrants, including four newborns and a young child, have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, by three Italian coastguard vessels.
Three Italian ships rescued 414 migrants from four boats in the Mediterranean sea on Tuesday, Italy’s coast guard said, with four newborns and one young child among those saved.
About 150,000 migrants, many fleeing poverty and war in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, came to Europe by sea between January and July, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
Most of them cross the narrow stretch of sea from lawless Libya to Italy and Greece.
About 1,400 people were also rescued at sea on Monday, a coastguard spokesman said.
Tuesday’s rescues were carried out in an area between 25 and 35 miles (56 km) from the coast of Libya by Italian coastguard ships activated as part of European Union rescue mission Triton, which replaced Italy’s broader operation Mare Nostrum.