Some of the estimated 3,400 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean over the weekend begin arriving at the Sicilian port of Augusta. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Rescued migrants arrive in Italy
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Around 500 migrants rescued by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship MV Phoenix, arrived safely at the Sicilian port of Augusta on Monday (September 12).
They were some of the estimated 3400 migrants rescued over the weekend in almost 30 separate operations co-ordinated by the Italian coast guard.
Rescuers pulled 2,300 migrants to safety on Saturday (September 10) in 18 separate rescue operations in the Mediterranean and a further 1,100 from 8 rubber vessels and two boats on Sunday (September 11).
A Spanish boat belonging to an EU naval force, an Irish navy vessel, a British ship, boats of four non-governmental organisations as well as Italian Navy and coast guard vessels were involved in the rescue operations, the coast guard said in a statement.
There was no information about where the migrants originally came from.
Since moves to stop people crossing from Turkey to Greece, Europe’s worst migrant crisis since World War Two is now focused on Italy, where some 115,000 people had arrived by the end of August, according to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR.