The number of migrants to have arrived in Italy by boat this year passed 50,000 at the weekend as over 5,800 people were rescued in the Mediterranean. A total of 3,480 people were rescued on Saturday from 15 separate boats that set off from Libya, and more rescues were ongoing on Sunday. The international effort involved the Italian authorities and naval ships from the UK, Ireland and Germany. It has been one of the busiest weekends so far this year for rescues in the Mediterranean, the start of an uptick over the summer months as people-smugglers take advantage of calm seas. As of Thursday the Italian interior ministry had registered 48,905 arrivals, meaning the total for 2015 is now above 50,000. The Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark was brought in on Sunday to save more than 1,000 migrants in seven separate operations, including at least 10 pregnant women. Nick Cooke-Priest, the ship’s captain, said it had been an “intense, complex day” and praised the work of helicopter crews sent out to locate migrant boats. The series of rescues was the HMS Bulwark’s largest to date since being sent to the Mediterranean by the UK government on 4 May. A second British… Read full this story
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