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900 illegal immigrants rescued by Italian coastguards off Libya’s coast

Italian Sicily welcomed Monday nearly 900 migrants rescued in Mediterranean waters off the coast of Libya in the past few days, reported Local Italy.

More than 330 migrants rescued by Italian coast guard and other European vessels have already disembarked at Sicilian ports, Italian media reported.

Another hundred were en route to the western city of Trapani on Monday while 450, including a woman about to give birth, are due to arrive in Augusta by evening aboard the Aquarius, a boat operated by charity group SOS Mediterranee along with Doctors Without Borders, according to Local Italy.

“Testimonies gathered Sunday aboard the Aquarius reflect the extreme gravity of the situation in Libya for migrants and refugees, who lacking a safer alternative, risk their lives at sea to escape what they call the Libyan hell,” said Francis Vallat, the SOS Mediterranee president in France, Local Italy indicated.

“Today, the absolute priority is to rescue at sea those who continue to flee and to accompany them to a safe place where they will be protected and where their basic human rights will be respected”. He added, according to the Italian website.

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