A tragic discovery was made during a rescue operation off the Italian island of Lampedusa, where the lifeless body of a newborn baby was found on a migrant boat. According to reports from Ansa news agency, it is believed that the mother gave birth during the perilous journey from North Africa. The authorities are conducting an investigation into the infant’s death.
Lampedusa has seen a significant surge in migrant arrivals, with over 8,000 migrants arriving on the island in the past three days alone. In response to the escalating situation, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has expressed concern about the unsustainable pressure it places on the country.
To address the growing challenge, Italy has sought assistance from the European Union, leading to a planned visit by European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen to Lampedusa on Sunday. Meloni is advocating for a European Union naval blockade to deter boats from crossing the Mediterranean and reaching Italian shores, highlighting the urgent need for coordinated action in addressing this humanitarian crisis.