New warnings over “heartbreaking” Med migrant crisis

In this handout picture taken on May 3, 2015 and released by MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station), migrants wait on a wooden boat during a rescue operation in partnership with Doctors Without Borders

More than half the nearly 6,000 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend arrived in Italy Monday as aid workers warned of no end in sight to a “heartbreaking” crisis.

A baby girl born on board the Italian navy patrol ship Bettica was among more than 3,000 asylum seekers and migrants landed at ports in the south of mainland Italy and on the islands of Lampedusa and Sicily.

The baby’s mother had gone into labour just before leaving Libya aboard one of four barely seaworthy boats whose occupants were rescued by the Bettica.

Mother and baby were transferred to hospital on arrival but were both reported to be doing well, the navy said.

Not everyone was so lucky, at least 10 migrants died, adding to an estimated total of more than 1,750 people who have perished in the waters between Libya and Italy since the start of this year…


10 died out of 6000? That is not going to slow people down: a 1 in 600 chance of not making it.

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