More than 1,000 migrants, 10 corpses reach Italy
Rome, Nov 7 (IANS/AKI) A rescued shipped docked in the Sicilian capital Palermo on Monday carrying over 1,000 migrants and the bodies of 10 people who perished during the crossing from North Africa.
Italian prosecutors requested autopsies to be carried out on the 10 migrant corpses.
The bodies were recovered on Saturday from a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast, Italian Coastguard said, adding that 2,200 other migrants were rescued during the day.
A further 1,200 migrants were rescued on Friday in operations in the Mediterranean.
Some 169,901 people have arrived in Greece and 159,496 in Italy this year till November 2, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The figure is well below the number of arrivals at over the same period of 2015 and is line with the totals for 2014.
Some 4,220 migrants died attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year through 2 November in what is the deadliest on record, said IOM.