#AceWorldNews – ROME – May 20 – Italy’s navy on Tuesday rescued two boats packed with more than 500 migrants, including 133 minors, AFP said.
There were also 64 women in the group, according to the navy.
A navy helicopter spotted the boats south of Sicily on Monday.
The rescue, carried out on Tuesday with the help of nearby merchant vessels, was delayed by poor weather conditions.
Almost all of the new arrivals are on boats leaving northern Libya, which is becoming increasingly lawless.
Many are originally from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria.
#AceWorldNews – ITALY – March 27 – Italy’s navy said Thursday it had rescued 128 migrants from Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria.
The migrants, including eight women and 13 minors, were rescued from a boat crossing the Mediterranean Sea which got into difficulty off the coast of Sicily, AFP reported.
They were transferred on board the San Giorgio frigate and were being taken to the Sicilian port town of Augusta.
#AceWorldNews says the Italian navy has rescued more than 1,100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south of Sicily.
Patrol helicopters identified the overcrowded rafts with the latest arrivals from North Africa on Wednesday and four navy vessels participated in the rescue which ended early on Thursday, Reuters reported.
The navy gave no details about the nationalities of the migrants.