In-pictures: Migrants in the Mediterranean Sea

Since the tragic accident over the weekend hundreds of newly arrived migrants have been rescued from the sea by the Italian navy and coast guard vessels. A boat with 220 new migrants arrived safely with the support of the Italian Navy on 23 April. Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC


Catania Red Cross set up a clinic to offer medical treatment, psychosocial support and counseling along with fresh water and shoes for migrants. Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC


A number of vulnerable groups including children and pregnant women have been among those disembarked in Italy. Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC


Most of those who take the risky journey by sea are desperate people fleeing war-torn countries, searching for a better life and wanting to live in dignity. Human smugglers charge immense prices and force people into unseaworthy fishing vessels, knowing that their passengers will accept any level of risk in the desperation to escape their homelands. Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC


The Italian Red Cross is distributing hygiene kits to the migrants as soon as they reach the harbour. The Italian Red Cross is also providing food and non-food items in the transit centre. Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC


The Italian Red Cross is on alert every day on the shores of Sicily, Calabria and Apulia with over 100 volunteers and staff, ambulances, vehicles and tents, providing first aid, food, water, and organising transportation to nearby hospitals. Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC


The Italian Red Cross is providing migrants with medical assistance upon landing. Week after week, thousands of migrants are saved and brought to the southern ports of Italy in Lampedusa, Augusta, Trapani, Messina, Porto Empedocle, Agrigento (Sicily), Reggio Calabria (Calabria) and Taranto (Apulia). Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC