Italy rescues child migrants from seas as concern grows


The Italian navy has rescued nearly 1,000 illegal migrants from the seas off southern Italy inside two days, with 170 children among them.
In the latest rescue, 462 migrants including 37 children and 148 women were rescued off Lampedusa.
On Monday, 488 migrants including 133 children and 62 women were found off Capo Passero in Sicily.
The number of unaccompanied minors arriving this year has alarmed the Save the Children charity.
While most children under 10 who arrive in Italy are with families, many adolescents are travelling alone and Save the Children says there are not adequate facilities to accommodate and protect them.
There has been a huge increase in migrant numbers. Italy has taken in at least 26,644 so far this year compared with 3,362 during the same period last year, the Associated Press news agency reports.
The number of people detected trying to enter the EU illegally last year rose by nearly half on 2012, with nearly one in four from Syria, the EU's frontiers agency reported last week.