Italian navy rescues 700 migrants near Libyan coast


Italy’s navy and coastguard said on Tuesday they had rescued more than 700 migrants from six boats off the coast of Libya, and found four bodies.
The navy ship Cigala Fulgosi helped in the rescue of three boats, taking in 403 people. It also recovered the four corpses. A second ship, the Bettica, picked up 219 migrants from two boats, while a third, the Scirocco, recovered 105 migrants from a rubber dinghy, the navy said in a statement.
Last week the coastguard recovered two bodies from the sea off Italy after about 40 migrants landed in Sicily.
Since the start of the year, 6,736 people have arrived in Italy via Libya, compared with 7,257 people during the same period in 2015, according to the Italian interior ministry.