Humanitarian ships picked up about 730 migrants on Sunday from rubber and wooden boats in the Mediterranean, adding to a lengthening list of rescue operations in recent days.
The migrants were picked up in seven separate rescue operations aboard three dinghies and four wooden craft, Italy’s coastguard said on Sunday.
Save the Children SAR team leader Gillian Moyes, onboard the rescue vessel Vos Hestia, said the past few days had been extremely busy, following a pattern seen in recent weeks.
“We are seeing increasing numbers of people, large scale rescues with multiple boats,” she said.
Arrivals of migrants to Italy are up almost 18 percent on the same period last year at more than 65,000, Italy’s Interior Ministry said last week. Read more at REUTERS.