Hundreds of migrants rescued from boats in the Mediterranean by Medecins Sans Frontieres arrive at Sicily's Pozzallo port. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). A rescue boat from the international humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, arrives in Sicily carrying 308 migrants who were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean. According to a MSF statement, the rescued migrants were mainly Eritrean nationals and included 80 women and 23 children. Dignity 1 is the first MSF search and rescue ship to be deployed in the waters north of Libya this year. It will actively search for boats in distress, MSF said. A million migrants, many fleeing Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in conflict in the Middle East, Asia and Africa have poured into Europe through Greece and Italy since last year. Last month, Turkey and the EU sealed a controversial deal intended to halt the flow of illegal migrants into Greece from Turkey. There is now growing concern that migrants will increasingly use Italy as their route into Europe