4.5 thousand of migrants were rescued in Mediterranean Sea by Italian Cost Guard during previous 24 hours.
Cost Guard and EU Border Control conducted about 30 rescue operations in Sicilian Channel. Immigrants from Africa and Middle East were trying to reach Europe on wooden and inflatable boats. One of them had almost 500 persons onboard.
According to International Organization for Migration, 230 thousand people already arrived in Europe in such a way. One third of them landed in Italy, the rest – in Greece. 3 thousand drowned.
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