Italy on Friday has rescued more than 4,000 migrants from Mediterranean waters.
Italy’s coast guard and navy rescued upwards around 3,400 travelers aboard 28 rafts and six boats in the operations that was coordinated by the coast guard, EFE news reported.
The Italian coast guard was assisted by a British vessel deployed as part of the European Union’s Eunavfor Med, an Irish-flagged ship and craft operated by the NGOs, SOS Mediterranee, Jugend Rettet, Sea Watch and Sea Eye.
More than 600 other migrants were rescued in the Sicilian Channel in an effort led by the Italian navy ships Margottini, Grecale and Bettica.
Also Friday, the 137 migrants rescued on Thursday by coast guard units were taken to the port of Lampedusa.