` Italian Navy has Rescued 18,000 Migrants since Launching Operation ` Mare Nostrum ‘

#AceWorldNews -ITALY – April 10 – (RT) – The Italian Navy said Thursday it has rescued over 18,000 migrants since launching a Mediterranean operation called Mare Nostrum (Our Sea), following two deadly shipwrecks in October 2013.

Five warships are usually deployed with more than 900 military personal at a cost of 9 million euros ($12 million) a month.

Navy chief Giuseppe De Giorgi said that after the twin tragedies last October which left more than 400 people dead, a total of 18,546 migrants had been rescued off Italy’s shores.

De Giorgi rejected claims by right-wing parties in Italy than the operation had led to an increase in migrants.

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