>> There has been a spike in the number of migrants arriving in Italy in recent days. Coast guards estimate that up to 7,500 people have been rescued since just Thursday. Those that have made it to shore saying, many drowned in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend. Their rubber boats began to deflate with no rescue in sight.
Rescuers fear at least 200 could be dead.>> Italian coast guard has informed us of the rescue, where some 70 people were aboard an inflatable boat, that mentioned that another more or less 70 were missing. We're still trying to get more information from the people that will disembark over the coming day to see if there are survivors of this incident.
But this tragically brings the total number of people dead and missing since the beginning of the year to more than 1,150.>> Almost 550 people were brought to shore in the Sicilian town of Catania on Monday alone. The UNHCR says the rise in numbers is partly due to more families arriving from Syria, choosing the sea route as their crossing, as they escape instability in Libya and the ongoing civil war back home.