MOSCOW(Sputnik) — Italian coast guards saved a total of 3,400 people on Friday after they set sail from the Libyan shore in an attempt to reach Europe.
Guardia Costiera said on Twitter that 34 migrant boats were intercepted in the space of one day. The Italian Navy has been patrolling the northern Libyan as part of EU’s operation Sophia to prevent human trafficking.
Thousands of people have embarked on the perilous voyage across the Mediterranean since 2015 in a bid to escape war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East. Over 3,770 of them drowned last year, according to the International Organization for Migration.