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Italy rescues 4,000 migrants in two days

This handout picture released by the Italian coastguard on April 12, 2016 shows a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of SicilyItaly’s coastguard said Tuesday it had rescued some 4,000 migrants in the past two days, adding to fears of a fresh push to reach Europe via that route as the number of migrants landing in Greece sharply recedes. On Tuesday, 2,154 migrants were brought to safety in the Strait of Sicily between Italy and north Africa, on top of the 1,850 rescued in the area on Monday, the coastguard said. War-torn Libya is the main jump-off point for migrants trying to reach Europe from north Africa.

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