MASSIVE LANDING IN PALERMO: OVER 500 MIGRANTS HAVE REACHED THE ITALIAN COAST

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Migrants continue to land on the Italian coast. 592 people (464 men, 119 women and 9 children) have reached the pier called ‘‘Four Winds’’. Those people were on board Doctors Without Borders’ ship ‘‘Argon Bourbon’’. On the ship, there were also unaccompanied children and four pregnant young women. Landing operations were coordinated by the Prefecture of Palermo. Also Red Cross staff, Civil Protection, the ASP of Palermo, Caritas, UNHCR and Save the Children, IOM, and law enforcement were present.

The migrants rescued in recent days in the Mediterranean are mainly from Cameroon, Togo, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast. Since the end of April – when the operations in the Strait of Sicily commenced – Doctors Without Borders have saved 1,793 people. In 2015, over 23 thousand people in difficulty were assisted, through direct bailouts (20,129) and transfers to or from other ships. MSF has partaken in 120 different assistance interventions and in over 80 landings in Italy.

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