` 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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” Italian Navy has rescued nearly `Six Hundred Migrants’ crossing the Mediterranean from Africa’

#AceWorldNews says that the Italian navy said on Wednesday it had rescued nearly 600 migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa over the past 24 hours, AFP reported.

“The Navy has rescued 596 migrants on six vessels,” including three rubber dinghies, it said.

Operation Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) was launched after more than 400 migrants from Eritrea and Syria perished in twin tragedies off Italian shores in October 2013.

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