Rescued three thousand immigrants in Italian coast

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At least three thousand immigrants were rescued by Italian coast on Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)

The Italian Navy announced Saturday the rescue in the last 24 hours at least three thousand immigrants in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Italian coasts, from North Africa, through Sicily Channel.
The immigrants were rescued at various salvage operations of Mare Nostrum (Mediterranean Sea) device.
In recent months, Italy has repeatedly called on the European Union (EU) to address the problem of the influx of undocumented immigrants into the country, a figure that in the first five months of the year amounted to nearly 40 thousand people.
Moreover, in an interview published Saturday by several European media, including the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the prime minister said Matteo Renzi address the issue of immigration throughout the second half of the year, when Italy occupies the rotating presidency EU.
The Italian Military Navy rescues immigrants in distress at sea thanks to the rescue device Mare Nostrum, activated following the tragedy occurred on October 3, 2013 near the Italian island of Lampedusa, where killed more than 366 people.
Since then, the operation has rescued 27 000 790 immigrants, of which three thousand were under 34, according to the Ministry of Defence.
This device did not prevent, however, another tragedy on 13 May, when at least 17 immigrants died after the barge capsized at sailing 100 miles off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.