More migrants brought to Sicily from Mediterranean

  • 26/07/2015
Migrants (Reuters)
Migrants (Reuters)

More than 1200 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, have arrived in Sicily, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

Most of the migrants - including 133 women and 27 children - arrived in Palermo on Saturday (local time) after being picked up off the Libyan coast by the Norwegian cargo ship Siem Pilot, which is part of a voluntary EU border security operation.

Another 468 were taken to the southeastern Sicilian town of Pozzallo aboard the Irish navy patrol ship Le Niamh.

Italy and Greece have been hard pressed to handle a massive increase in migrants fleeing conflicts and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

More than 1900 migrants have died this year making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, out of around 150,000 people who have made the crossing, the International Organisation for Migration said earlier this month.