Rome (AFP) – More than 11,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean and taken to Italy in the past six days, coastguards said, with hundreds more expected Friday.
As the wave of refugees trying to get to Europe grows, the Italian navy said it managed to recapture an Italian fishing trawler that had been attacked by Libyan gunmen off the chaotic war-torn country.
More than 300 migrants were rescued Friday by the Italian navy and coastguard patrols, among them 45 women and 23 children, and were being taken to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo.
Rescuers said a woman died and 16 other people were injured on another migrant boat carrying 90 people when a gas canister exploded on board. The boat was now being escorted to Lampedusa, an Italian island off Tunisia, the authorities said.
Meanwhile prosecutors in Palermo, Sicily, asked a court to remand in custody 15 migrants accused of throwing a dozen Christians into the sea who had been on a boat with them during a crossing from Libya…