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Italian Coast Guard Rescued 573 Migrants Near Sardinia

Italian authorities have announced that 573 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued off the coast of Sardinia.

Of the total number of rescued migrants, there were also 59 minors, many of whom were unaccompanied, TheSchengen.com reports.

According to a press release issued by the Italian Coast Guard on Tuesday, February 22nd, the rescued migrants on two fishing boats were overcrowded, and “left at the mercy of the waves under unfavorable weather conditions”.

The authorities indicated that rescue operations took place near the southern coast of Sardinia after receiving an alert.

“Rescue operations were carried out 70 miles from Capo Spartevento, in the waters of the Italian SAR region, which in this stretch of the sea is characterized by significant distances from the coast under direct Italian responsibility,” the Italian Coast Guard said in a statement.

It was noted that as soon as the migrants were rescued, they were taken to Diciotti, where they received medical assistance.

One of the people who were rescued was a deceased person. The migrants told the authorities that the person had died several days ago, indicating that the migrants had been stuck at sea for several days without any assistance.

The migrants were rescued by Coast Guard patrol boats, and then transferred to the Diciotti ship, with a CISOM medical staff on board; among them, a lifeless person was also found, and, according to the migrants themselves, he had already died a few days ago.

The number of migrants trying to reach Europe has increased significantly recently. Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that more than 4,100 migrants arrived in Spain in January. Compared to the same period in 2021, Spain recorded a 42.3 percent increase in the number of people who entered its territory illegally.

The Spanish Ministry of the Interior showed that the majority of people who arrived in Spain landed in the Canary Islands. Of the total number of migrants who have entered Spain illegally so far this year, a total of 3,194 have arrived in the Canary Islands.

Aside from Spain, Cyprus has also recorded increasing numbers of immigrants. According to the Cypriot government, the country has recorded the highest number of first applications for international protection. The number of migrants arriving in the small town of Chlorakas has increased tensions between the Cyprus authorities and Toki.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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