German navy says it rescued over 10,000 migrants in 2015

December 27, 2015 03:49


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Germany's armed forces reported that it has saved 10,528 migrants at sea since its rescue operation launched in May, according to France's AFP news agency on Sunday.

The report said that on Friday alone, the German Navy rescued 539 people from off the Libyan coast. The migrants were attempting to travel on three inflatable boats and one wooden boat.

Currently, two German ships are assisting the European Union's Operation Sophia rescue mission.

In 2015, more than one million migrants arrived in Europe, many traveling by sea, according to the UN and the International Organization for Migration.

The IOM also said that close to 3,700 people either drowned or were lost at sea while trying to make the journey.

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