Italian Coast Guard and Navy Rescue 3,300 Migrants off Coast of Libya

italianItalian coastguard and navy boats took part in 26 operations off the coast of Libya on Sunday to rescue a total of 3,324 migrants. Including Sunday’s operations, over 10,000 people have been rescued in the area since last Thursday.

The rescues were all carried out within 55 kilometers (35 miles) of the Libyan coast where the migrants were found on rubber dinghies and one wooden boat. The migrants are believed to have come from West African countries, including Liberia, Ghana and Guinea. It is not yet known if they will be able to stay in Europe.

A navy spokesperson said one adult was found dead while another four injured migrants were transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital on the island of Lampedusa.

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