3,000 people rescued off the Lybian Coast on Sunday
Photo: Marina Militare Italiana
Almost 3,000 people were rescued during the 22 rescue operations that took place on Sunday along the Lybian coastline, according to the Italian coast guards who coordinated the operations.
The Italian authorities described it as a "concentration phenomenon" explaining how, after quiet days, favoured by good weather conditions, migrants arrive in high numbers.
Aquarius, a vessel dispatched by humanitarian organisations SOS Méditerranée and Médecins sans frontières said they rescued 946 people in the early hours of the day alone, 200 of whom were non-accompanied, repoted French radio Europe1.
A video circulated by MSF shows very young children rescued by the coast guards on board the ship. The migrants were all rescued from nine boats made out of wood or rubber.
According to the statistics published by the Italian government, in 2017 alone, more than 16.000 people were rescued.