MILAN (AP/WCMH) — The our bodies of 26 feminine migrants who apparently drowned have arrived on the Italian port of Salerno as rescues intensify on the Mediterranean Sea, the U.N. refugee company mentioned.
The our bodies have been transferred to the Italian mainland aboard a Spanish naval ship carrying one other 400 migrants rescued throughout 4 operations within the central Mediterranean.
Twenty-three of the lifeless ladies have been on a rubber dinghy that sank off Libya two days in the past, Marco Rotunno, a spokesman in Italy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman, mentioned. Another 60 individuals have been pulled to security, however extra could have perished at sea, Rotunno mentioned.
The others died in a separate shipwreck.
CNN reported all the victims have been ladies between 14 and 18. They are believed to be migrants from Niger and Nigeria.
Police say autopsies shall be carried out on Tuesday. Coroners shall be searching for proof of torture or badual abuse.
Humanitarian teams say some 2,500 migrants have been picked up at sea over the past 4 or 5 days, making it probably the most intense interval for rescues on the Mediterranean since Italy reached a take care of Libya this summer season to sluggish departures of smugglers’ boats carrying migrants. In the identical quick and up to date interval, 37 our bodies have been recovered, the Italian information company ANSA mentioned.
The variety of migrants arriving in Italy to this point this 12 months is 30 p.c decrease than final 12 months, 111,716 by Friday in comparison with practically 160,000 in the identical interval of 2016, in accordance with Interior Ministry figures.
The U.N.’s International Organization for Migration put the variety of lifeless within the middle Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy at over 2,600 by Nov. 1.