Italy welcomes 147 refugees rescued from Misrata, Libya
A group of 147 mainly African refugees, rescued from the Libyan city of Misrata, were flown to an Italian military airport near Rome on Monday for resettlement.
Italy’s interior ministry said the group included 68 minors. Babies and toddlers could be seen among those disembarking from the plane at the Pratica di Mare military airport in late afternoon.
This evacuation is a vital lifeline for people who faced serious threats and dangers inside Libya, said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.