Unreal. Thousands every day. The Mohammedan invasion Â and the conquest of Europe is happening before our eyes without a shot being fired.
- Italy says al Qaeda may be among migrants
- Around 200 illegal migrants tried to cross, by swimming, to the occupied enclave of Ceuta, Moroccan ministry said. 7 drowned.
TheÂ Italian navyÂ has rescued more than 1,100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south ofÂ Sicily, the latest arrivals fromÂ North Africa.
Patrol helicopters identified the overcrowded rafts on Wednesday and fourÂ navyÂ vessels participated in the rescue which ended early on Thursday, a statement said.
TheÂ navyÂ gave no details about the nationalities of the migrants.
ItalyÂ is a major gateway intoÂ EuropeÂ for migrants, and sea arrivals more than tripled in 2013 from the previous year, fuelled byÂ Syria’s civil war and strife in the Horn ofÂ Africa.
In October, 366 Eritreans drowned in a shipwreck near the shore of the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is located about halfway betweenÂ SicilyÂ andÂ Tunisia. More than 200, mostly Syrians, died in another shipwreck a week later.
Over the past two decades,Â Italy,Â GreeceÂ and theÂ MediterraneanÂ island ofÂ MaltaÂ have borne the brunt of migrant flows and have urged the EU to make a more robust and coordinated response.