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3,400 migrants rescued over weekend: Italian coastguard

Police and coast guard boats are seen off the western coast of Italy in August 2016Around 1,100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Sunday, bringing the tally over the weekend to 3,400, the Italian coastguard said. The Aquarius, hired by the groups SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF), said it had picked up 252 people, including women and small children. On Saturday, 2,300 people were rescued from 18 small boats, heading to Italy.

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