Hundreds rescued from the Mediterranean, at least 6 dead: aid organizations

Hundreds rescued from the Mediterranean, at least 6 dead: aid organizations

Hundreds rescued from the Mediterranean, at least 6 dead: aid organizations

"Having taken 453 people on board throughout the day, and with the Phoenix at capacity, the Moas crew were left supervising over 1,000 people still crammed on the remaining boats into the night as they waited for assistance to arrive", Moas said. Most migrants on the Mediterranean are now trying to reach Italy. Italian prosecutors have suggested they may have links with traffickers - a charge fiercely rejected.

On Thursday, 23 people were rescued when a boat sank near the Libyan coast.

According to the Italian ISMU Foundation, an independent organisation that tracks migrant trends in the region, some 24,000 migrants landed on Italian shores between January and March of this year, including 2,293 unaccompanied minors.

The private search and rescue company said in a statement that the people were rescued from nine vessels, including seven rubber boats and two wooden ones. The number of deaths recorded, however, is nearly the same for both years. Of that, more than 650 have died. We are where we're needed, what's the #EU doing meanwhile?

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Christopher Catrambone, the group's founder, said: "Nobody has ever seen anything like what we are witnessing this weekend".

Those frustrations are echoed by the other NGOs, with numerous rescue operators tweeting accusations directly against the European Union and Frontex.

"This weekend is set to be the latest marker in the record-breaking escalation of this ongoing humanitarian crisis at sea", Moas said.

Over 4,000 refugees were rescued from the Mediterranean between Friday and Sunday as pleasant weather conditions before the weekend saw a spike in people attempting to use the sea route to escape war, conflict and starvation. The rest of the migrants were due to reach Calabria on the Italian mainland on Sunday. We agree. Where are @Frontex boats in a day like this? When asked if the charity boats made a difference in their decision to make the unsafe crossing, they had no idea what was meant by the question.

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