(ANSAmed) – ROME, APRIL 21 – More than 320 migrants were rescued by Italian Navy vessels Monday from the seas south of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, raising the total number saved over the Easter long weekend to more than 1,100 people.
The latest arrivals, including about 70 women and children, were spotted by a Navy helicopter patrolling the Channel of Sicily and were taken to the port of Augusta in the province of Siracusa, located on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Earlier on the weekend, more than 800 migrants, many fleeing north Africa, were rescued from two boats south of Lampedusa.
The rescues came as Northern League secretary Matteo Salvini said Italy must suspend such operations because they are too expensive and represent an “invasion” of Italian shores. In an interview with ANSA Monday, Salvini said his party will present a proposal to the Lower House and the Senate to suspend the Mare Nostrum sea operation that Salvini says costs about €300,000 daily.
“That will end the financing of (human) smugglers and the invasion of our shores,” said Salvini, who added that he is planning an election campaign visit to Sicily…
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He is right, it is an invasion. Lots of smugglers are getting rich from the idiotic EU.