Italian coast guard rescues hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean
May 17 , 2015
The Italian coast guard says it has rescued 2,452 migrants in 11 separate but coordinated operations in the Mediterranean Sea.
The International Organization for Migration says around 34,570 migrants, mostly desperate people escaping conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East, have reached Italian shores from January 1 to May 7. An estimated 1,780 migrants died at sea during the journey.