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5,300 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week

Translated Monday 31 August 2015, by Philippa Griffin

On Tuesday 25th August, Frontex, the authority responsible for overseeing the external borders of the Schengen area, made an announcement: around 5,300 migrants, largely from Sub-Saharan Africa, were rescued in the Mediterranean during the last week.

A Frontex report stated that “The ships and aeroplane belonging to Triton, the European mission co-ordinated by Frontex, contributed to the rescue of nearly two-thirds of the 5,300 migrants saved from the waters last week near the coast of Libya. The majority were rescued during 27 operations conducted during the weekend (Friday – Sunday), a three-day period with the highest movement recorded of migrants since the mission was launched in November 2014. We have never seen so many migrants attempting to make the crossing. We faced many challenges on the Saturday; there were so many boats in terrible difficulty at the same time.” “We are happy not to have had to report any deaths”, declared Lise Dunham, captain of the Norweigan boat Siem Pilot, which participated in the rescue and which was cited in reports. On Sunday, Italian coastguards announced that with the assistance of European ships, they had rescued 4,400 migrants on the Saturday. According to Frontex, during January – July 2015, approximately 95,000 migrants were pulled from the waters of the Central Mediterranean.

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