Maritime

Italy ‘rescues’ 600 Syrian, Palestinian migrants

“The Italian navy said on Tuesday it had ‘rescued’ nearly 600 Syrian, Palestinian and Eritrean migrants crossing the Mediterranean in two overcrowded boats, including 62 minors. The Italian frigate Grecale pulled 323 Syrians and Palestinians to safety late on Monday, after helping rescue another 273 migrants from Eritrea, who were taken aboard the gunboat Sfinge, the navy said in a statement. Italy began its operation ‘Mare Nostrum’ — (‘Our Sea’) a Latin reference to the Mediterranean — after more than 400 migrants from Eritrea and Syria perished in twin tragedies off Italian shores in October 2013.”

Source: Italy ‘rescues’ 600 Syrian, Palestinian migrants | GulfNews.com

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