Almost 5,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean in past four days

The number of migrants risking the sea route from Libya to Italy has risen sharply, despite worsening weather conditions, with rescue teams saving over 4,900 people in the Mediterranean from Thursday to Sunday, the Italian coastguard said.

The majority of those who came into difficulty were rescued from lightweight dinghies, according to the coastguard.

The rescue missions were carried out by the Italian coastguard and marines, as well as the EU rescue mission, EUNAVFOR MED, and the charity, Doctors without Borders.

A total of 2,478 migrants and refugees travelled via boat to Italy in November, according to the International Organization for Migration. At its summer peak in June, the monthly tally reached 23,186.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:32
Author: 

More from Europe

Armed robbery at Paris travel agency ends without casualties

An armed robbery on Friday at a Paris travel agency has ended without casualties.

Iceland president asks Pirate Party to attempt to form government

Iceland's president on Friday gave the leader of the anti-establishment Pirate Party the task of forming the next...

Italy referendum campaign ends amid claims of postal vote fraud

Italy's political leaders entered their final hours of campaigning on Friday in a constitutional referendum whose...

Gate stolen from former Nazi concentration camp "found" in Norway

German police are investigating whether a gate bearing the sign "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) that was...

Germany pledges additional 50 million euros in aid as Aleppo crumbles

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledged 50 million euros (53.2 million dollars) in aid to the war-...