Four hundred and fifty migrants and refugees were rescued off Italy’s coast, the Italian coast guard has announced.
The people, mainly from mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa, were safely brought into the port of Messina on Thursday.
On Tuesday, close to 1,000 people were brought to safety in six separate rescue operations in the Mediterranean, while four were found dead below deck.
The International Organization for Migration reports that 77,436 people migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year (data as of 10 July).
Deaths among migrants and refugees heading for Europe across the Mediterranean have been increasing.
The IOM reports that 3,738 migrant deaths have been recorded worldwide since January (data published on 13 July). Of that total, 2,933 deaths were deaths in the Mediterranean (data as of 10 July).