Italy rescues 2000 migrants in 48 hours

Mar 19, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT
A handout photo released by the Italian Navy on March 18, 2014 and taken on March 17 shows migrants standing on a boat during a rescue operation near Lampedusa.
Italian Navy/AFP

Italian authorities say they have rescued more than 2,000 illegal migrants, many from North Africa, off Sicily's coast in the past 48 hours. The announcement came a day after some 500 people forced their way into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla. In response, the Spanish government has doubled the number of security forces there.
More than 2,000 migrants rescued off Italy in 48 hours [BBC]
Italian ships rescue more than 2,000 migrants in 48 hours [Reuters]