Over 300 Italy-bound migrants are rescued at sea

Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) on Tuesday rescued 342 migrants, including women and children, who were trying to reach Italy.

The migrants, who left from the coast of Libya, were from Nigeria, Niger, Togo, Pakistan, Syria and Libya.

The Topaz Responder, a rescue ship run by MOAS, completed the operation with the assistance of smaller rescue vessels that carried the migrants from their dinghies to the Responder.