Italy ignores pleas, ends boat migrant rescue operation

Italy on Friday ignored the pleas of aid agencies and confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation “Mare Nostrum”, responsible for saving tens of thousands of boat migrants stranded in the Mediterranean. “From tomorrow a new operation called ‘Triton’ begins,” deputy prime minister and interior minister Angelino Alfano told journalists at a press conference, referring to a much more limited mission led by the EU border agency Frontex. “Mare Nostrum ends. Italy has done its duty,”

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