Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesperson of the United Nations (UN) International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mediterranean Coordination Office, shared on his Twitter account that the ship “Sea Watch 3” belonging to the German-based non-governmental organization Sea Watch, a boat capsized in the Central Mediterranean. He said he was carrying out a rescue operation.
Stating that it was revealed that there was an immigrant tragedy during the operation, Di Giacomo said, “Another tragic shipwreck in which at least 19 people lost their lives. Sea Watch 3 ship rescued 34 migrants on board that capsized in the Mediterranean. Rescuees reported at least 53 people on board.” used the expressions.
Di Giacomo also shared the information that more than 435 migrants lost their lives in the Central Mediterranean this year.
THE PROBLEM OF Irregular Migration in the Mediterranean
The region of the Mediterranean between Italy, Malta and Libya has come to the fore in recent years as one of the irregular migration routes frequently used in the transition from Africa to Europe. On days when sea and weather conditions are good, migration activity intensifies on this route.
Instead of European states, non-governmental organizations of European origin usually rescue irregular migrants who call for help at sea.
The first place where migrants who can cross the Mediterranean or are rescued set foot in Europe is Lampedusa Island or Malta, the closest land part of Italy to North Africa.
Tragedies occur from time to time on this route. There are also recorded cases where the boats capsized or the immigrants died of suffocation due to the crowd.
Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Gündem by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.
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