Yesterday the Italian Navy, aided by merchant ships and fishing boats, saved 200 illegal immigrants whose ship had sunk. At least other 200 couldn’t be saved, however.
It is only the last of a string of tragic accidents happening in the Sicily Channel, leading the Italian Government to deploy the Navy in force.
The Sicily Channel could become also the graveyard of what little solidarity is left in Italy for African immigrants, with the opposition already asking the Government to retreat the fleet. According to the opposition, the presence of the Italian warships is luring the immigrants, who presume to be promptly rescued.
The Channel could also become the graveyard of any pro-EU sentiment, much weakened in Italy already, with fellow Member State Malta and the European Institutions accused of failing to give any help in the management of the emergency.