The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LAMPEDUSA – Spokesperson of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Flavio Di Giacomo, stated via Twitter on Friday that the Italian Coast Guard rescued 68 migrants.
Di Giacomo stated that migrants, whom are now in the Italian island of Lampedusa, were rescued after they left from Zuwarah, Libya, on Wednesday night.
#Lampedusa: 68 #migrants have been rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and brought to land. They left from Zwara, Libya, on Wednesday night.
IOM staff is in the Lampedusa Reception Centre to provide assistance. @OIMItalia @UNmigration https://t.co/k6gDC6OnVc
— Flavio Di Giacomo (@fladig) January 18, 2019
In a separate incident, the Italian navy rescued three migrants off the Libyan coasts following a shipwreck. However, about 117 migrants still missing and feared to be dead. The three survivors are in difficult conditions and have been brought to Lampedusa, according to Di Giacomo.
Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, commented on the incident via Twitter: “More dead off Libya. As long as the European ports remain open, as long as someone continues to help the traffickers, unfortunately the smugglers will continue to do business and kill.”
Altri morti al largo della Libia. Finché i porti europei rimarranno aperti, finché qualcuno continuerà ad aiutare i trafficanti, purtroppo gli scafisti continueranno a fare affari e a uccidere.
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) January 18, 2019