2,100 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, heading to Italy

May 20, 2017
People march in downtown Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Thousands people turned out to march against racism and other forms of intolerance toward migrants and foreigners. Those who are born in this country, go to school with our children, root for our teams’’ are Italian, Senate President Pietro Grasso declared, in a reference to the minimum income populists want to grant only to Italian citizens. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

ROME (AP) — Some 2,100 migrants have been rescued at sea to be brought to safety in Italy, the Italian coast guard said Saturday.

Among those rescued Friday and early Saturday was a 6-week-old boy, one of seven migrants transferred to a coast guard motorboat to be sped to a medical facility. One body was recovered.

The onset of warmer weather has encouraged even more human traffickers based in Libya to launch overcrowded, unseaworthy dinghies or small wooden boats, leaving migrants to the mercy of the deadly Mediterranean Sea.

Besides Italian coast guard vessels and a Spanish navy ship, two cargo ships and boats operated by NGOs helped in the rescue effort.

The migrants, most lately from sub-Saharan Africa, are fleeing war, conflict as well as poverty.

Spain’s defense ministry said migrants were plucked from rubber boats and wooden craft intercepted in waters near Libya’s coast.

The ministry said the baby saved had been showing signs of dehydration.

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