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New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says


Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Additional reporting by Giuseppe Fonte; Editing by Giles Elgood | ROME (Reuters) | May 31, 2020

URL Of the original posting web site: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-virus/new-coronavirus-losing-potency-top-italian-doctor-says-idUSKBN2370OQ

The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said on Sunday.

“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in the northern region of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s coronavirus contagion.

“The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago,”he told RAI television.

Italy has the third highest death toll in the world from COVID-19, with 33,415 people dying since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21. It has the sixth highest global tally of cases at 233,019However new infections and fatalities have fallen steadily in May and the country is unwinding some of the most rigid lockdown restrictions introduced anywhere on the continent.

Zangrillo said some experts were too alarmist about the prospect of a second wave of infections and politicians needed to take into account the new reality.

“We’ve got to get back to being a normal country,” he said. “Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country.”

The government urged caution, saying it was far too soon to claim victory.

“Pending scientific evidence to support the thesis that the virus has disappeared … I would invite those who say they are sure of it not to confuse Italians,” Sandra Zampa, an undersecretary at the health ministry, said in a statement.

“We should instead invite Italians to maintain the maximum caution, maintain physical distancing, avoid large groups, to frequently wash their hands and to wear masks.”

A lifeguard wearing a protective face mask takes the temperature of a woman at a newly reopened beach after months of closure due to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Punta Hidalgo, in Punta Ala, Italy May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

A second doctor from northern Italy told the national ANSA news agency that he was also seeing the coronavirus weaken.

“The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today,” said Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital in the city of Genoa.

“It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different.”

Italy and the Wuhan virus – the real story – from an Italian writer


Posted by Gateway to South America on 01/04/2020

URL of the originating site: https://www.gatewaytosouthamerica-newsblog.com/italy-and-the-wuhan-virus-the-real-story-from-an-italian-writer/

ITALY’S COMMUNISTS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

Giacomino Nicolazzo is one of Italy’s most beloved writers.  Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, he lives in a small village in Lombardy where he writes his books. Montecalvo, Lombardy, Italy.

As I sit here in my involuntary isolation, it was just reported that overnight 743 more people died and 5.249 new cases have been reported. This brings the total cases of infection to 69,176 and the body count to 6,820. We take relief in knowing that 8,326 people have recovered so far.

Most towns here in Italy, from the upper reaches of the Alps to the ancient shores of Sicilia and Sardinia, while not deserted, are closer to being ghost towns than the bustling centres of tourism, business and daily life they were just a few weeks ago. Stores and shops have been shuttered.

Restaurants and coffee shops no longer serve customers. Schools, universities, sporting arenas…even our museums and theatres …all closed. Even the Vatican City has closed its gates and armed patrols monitor the 20-foot tall walls that protect it! Streets and roads are now empty for as far as the eye can see.

Normally they would be filled with crazed Italian drivers in tiny cars and scooters (the ones that sound like demonic insects) darting here and there, reaching the limits of centrifugal force on our roundabouts. In the piazze of our towns and cities, there are now officially more pigeons than people.

Many of us know someone who has been infected and recovered. Some of us know someone who did not recover…now they are dead. But everyone knows someone who has been affected by this microscopic monster in one way or another. Sixty million of us are in lockdown…it is like a war zone here.

We are being held prisoner in our own homes by an unseen enemy that sneaked in unnoticed…by most of us. As you will read in just a few more minutes, there were those who knew something like this was coming…or at least they should have. So who is to blame?

With all this craziness swirling like a whirlpool at our feet, I just had to find the blame answer. And so I have spent my free time (of which I have a lot these days) digging and researching. I was literally shocked to discover how this has come to be. I am not going to bore you with talk of Patient ‘0’ who spread it to Patient ‘1’ and how mathematics efficiently explains the rapid expansion of infection. No…I am going to tell you how (as I see it) the virus came to Italy. It has everything to do with communists.

Allow me to explain. Beginning in about 2014, Matteo Renzi, the imbecile ex-mayor of Firenze (Florence) acting as the leader of the Partito Democratico (synonymous with the Italian Communist party), somehow managed to get himself elected as Italy’s Prime Minister.

To give you a proper frame of reference, Matteo Renzi was so far left, he would make Barack Obama look like Barry Goldwater! At the same time that Renzi was leading Italy into oblivion, strange things were happening in Italy’s economy.

Banks were failing…but not closing. Retirement ages were being extended…for some reason the pension funds were dwindling or disappearing. The national sales tax we call IVA (Value Added Tax) rose from 18% to 20%, then to 21% and again to 22%.And in the midst of all this financial chicanery, the Chinese began furiously buying up Italian real estate and businesses in the North.

Now the reason I mention Renzi and the Chinese together is that strange things were also going on between the governments of Italy and China. A blind eye was being turned to the way the Chinese were buying businesses in the financial, telecommunication, industrial and fashion sectors of Italy’s economy, all of which take place in Milano. To be brief…China was getting away with purchases and acquisitions in violation of Italian law and EU Trade Agreements with the US and the UK…and no one in either of those countries (not Obama in the US or Cameron in the UK) said a thing in their country’s defence.

As a matter of fact, much of it was hidden from the public in all three countries. In 2014, China infused the Italian economy with €5 billion through purchases of companies costing less than €100 million each. By the time Renzi left office (in disgrace) in 2016, Chinese acquisitions had exceeded €52 billion.

When the dust settled, China owned more than 300 companies…representing 27% of the major Italian corporations. The Bank of China now owns five major banks in Italy…all of which had been secretly (and illegally) propped up by Renzi using pilfered pension funds! Soon after, the China Milano Equity Exchange was opened and much of Italy’s wealth was being funnelled back to the Chinese mainland. Chinese state entities own Italy’s major telecommunication corporation (Telecom) as well as its major utilities (ENI and ENEL).

Upon entry into the telecommunication market, Huawei established a facility in Segrate, a suburb of Milano. It launched is the first research centre there and worked on the study of microwaves which has resulted in the possibly-dangerous technology we call 5G. China also now owns a controlling interest in Fiat-Chrysler, Prysmian and Terna.

You will be surprised to know that when you put a set of Pirelli tires on your car, the profits are going to China. Yep…the Chinese colossus of ChemChina, a chemical industry titan, bought that company too! Last but not least is Ferretti yachts…the most prestigious yacht builder in Europe. Incredibly, it is no longer owned by the Ferretti family. But the sector in which Chinese companies invested most was Italy’s profitable fashion industry.

The Pinco Pallino, Miss Sixty, Sergio Tacchini, Roberta di Camerino and Mariella Burani brands have been acquired by 100%. Designer Salvatore Ferragamo sold 16% and Caruso sold 35%. The most famous case is Krizia, purchased in 2014 by Shenzhen Marisfrolg Fashion Company, one of the leaders of high-priced, ready-to-wear fashions in Asia. Throughout all of these purchases and acquisitions, Renzi’s government afforded the Chinese unrestricted and unfettered access to Italy and its financial markets, many coming through without customs inspections.

Quite literally, tens of thousands of Chinese came in through Milano (illegally) and went back out carrying money, technology and corporate secrets. Thousands more were allowed to enter and disappeared into shadows of Milano and other manufacturing cities of Lombardy, only to surface in illegal sewing shops, producing knock-off designer clothes and slapping ‘Made In Italy’ labels on them.

All with the tacit approval of the Renzi government. It was not until there was a change in the governing party in Italy that the sweatshops and the illegal entry and departure of Chinese nationals were stopped. Matteo Salvini, representing the Lega Nord party, closed Italy’s ports to immigrants and systematically began disassembling the sweatshops and deporting those in Italy illegally.

But his rise to power was short-lived. Italy is a communist country…socialism is in the national DNA. Ways were found to remove Salvini, after which the communist party, under the direction of Giuseppe Conte, reopened the ports. Immediately, thousands of unvetted, undocumented refugees from the Middle East and East Africa began pouring in again.

Access was again provided to the Chinese, under the old terms, and as a consequence thousands of Chinese, the majority from Wuhan began arriving in Milano. In December of last year, the first inklings of a coronavirus were noticed in Lombardy…in the Chinese neighbourhoods.

There is no doubt amongst senior medical officials that the virus was brought here from China. By the end of January 2020 cases were being reported left and right. By mid-February, the virus was beginning to seriously overload the Lombardy hospitals and medical clinics. They are now in a state of collapse.

The Far-Left politicians sold out and betrayed the Italian people with open border policies and social justice programs. One of the reasons the health care system collapsed so quickly is because the Renzi government (and now continued under the Conte government) redirected funds meant to sustain the medical system, to pay for the tens of thousands of immigrants brought in to Italy against the will of the Italian people. If you remember the horrible earthquake that decimated the villages around Amatriciana, in the mountains east of Rome in 2015, you would also remember how the world responded by sending millions of dollars to help those affected.

But there is a law in Italy that prevents private donations to charitable Italian organizations. All money and donations received must be turned over to a government agency, who in turn is to appropriate the funds as needed. But that agency is corrupt just as are all the others. Most of the money never reached a single victim in the mountains. The Renzi government redirected the vast majority of those funds to pay for the growing immigrant and refugee costs. As the economy worsened under the burden of illegal immigration, compounded by gross government spending and incompetence, unemployment rose quickly…especially among young people.

The unemployment rate for men and women under age 35 is close to 40%. So more money was diverted from the health care system and used to pay what is known here as guaranteed income. Whether you work or not you are paid here, especially if you belong to the PD!

The government simply raises taxes on those who do work. Let me give you a quick example of the height of insanity to which Italian taxation has risen. If you live in a building that has a balcony or balconies…and any of those balconies cast a shadow on the ground, you must pay a public shadow tax! I will say no more!

The point I am trying to make here is that not only did the Chinese bring the virus to Italy (and the rest of the world) it was far-Left politics and policies that facilitated it. This should hopefully be a warning to Americans that while they work to rid themselves of the China Virus, they should just as vehemently endeavour to rid their government of any politician that circumvents the Constitution and ignores the laws of the land…plain and simple.  

Source: Giacomino Nicolazzo 

STUDY: 99% Of Patients Killed By Coronavirus In Italy Had Existing Illnesses


The coronavirus COVID-19 has exploed in Italy. On Friday, there were 41,035 confirmed cases in the nayion of about 60 million, with more than 3,400 deaths. The mainstream media in the United States has breathlessly reported that the death toll there means the virus is far more dangerous than has been reported.

But a new study made a stunning finding: 99% of coronavirus deaths in Italy were of patients with existing medical problems, which all doctors say makes people more prone to adverse effects from the virus.

“Research into 355 deaths found that only three of the victims, 0.8 per cent, had been clear of illnesses before they were infected,” The Daily Mail reported. “Nearly half of them – 48.5 per cent – already had three or even more health conditions before they were diagnosed with Covid-19.  Another 25.6 per cent had two other ‘pathologies’, while 25.1 per cent had one.”

The research by Italy’s National Institute of Health is consistent with previous findings that people with existing illnesses are more likely to die from coronavirus.

According to the study, the most common of these problems in Italy include high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Some 76.1 per cent of the patients who died of Covid-19 had previously had problems with high arterial blood pressure, the study found.

More than a third – 35.5 per cent – had diabetes, while 33.0 per cent had suffered from ischemic heart disease.

The study also found that the average age of those who died from the virus in Italy was 79.5, and slightly higher for women.

That is also consistent with previous findings from around the world that older people are more vulnerable to the disease.  But it’s unclear why it ravaged Italy, which has the second-oldest population in the world, while leaving Japan, which is No. 1, relatively unscathed.

It doesn’t appear that testing is a major factor, despite what the mainstream media in the U.S. say. Japan has not conducted extensive testing for COVID-19 on its citizens. South Korea has done nearly 5,600 tests per million residents — third most in the world, according to ourworldindata.comwhile Japan has done just 130 per million, putting the country in 21st place. Italy, meanwhile, is sixth at roughly 2,500 per million, while Hong Kong comes in 14th at about 700 per million.

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WATCH: This Statue Of Trump Will Melt Snowflakes – His Sword Is HILARIOUS


Written by Wes Walker on February 19, 2019

London’s little Trump Baloon looks pretty pathetic next to a five-story Trump meme come to life!

You can relax, it’s not ‘hero worship’. It all started out as an internet meme. ‘God-Emperor Trump’ There were so many variations on a theme, drawing from a combination of history and pop culture references…

…that it was almost inevitable that it found its way into the real world… as a five-story-tall parade float. And yes, if you’re wondering, that IS the Twitter logo on the hilt of his enormous sword.

We’ve gotta admit, that float IS pretty badass. But seriously, how could you possibly fit five stories of snowflake-melting MAGA into your living room?

Shock Vid: Pretty Reporter Attacked on Air Covering Refugees… Anchor Watching Says “Oh, God”


URL of the original posting site: http://conservativetribune.com/reporter-attacked-refugees-anchor/

Coexist and welcome everybody with open arms, regardless of their background. That liberal sentiment may look fine on bumper stickers, but what happens when a group of people has absolutely no interest in “coexisting” with you?

A young television reporter in Italy just found the answer, but both her safety and worldview were put at risk in the process. Francesca Parisella is a corespondent for Matrix Channel 5, based in Rome. According to BizPac Review, she and her cameraman were covering a story about African refugees camped out at a Rome train station.

Instead of being welcomed and granted enlightening interviews, however, Parisella and her camera operator were forced to flee in terror.

“Their hope is especially to reach Milan … and then to move to Northern Europe,” the reporter began to explain to the camera while live on the air, according to a translation provided with the YouTube video. “It’s important to know that this reception –“

Parisella never finished that sentence. Her tone shifted to fear and an assault began to unfold.

You can watch the clip here (WARNING: Some viewers may find these images disturbing):

“What’s happening, Francesca?” asked Nicola Porro, the Matrix 5 anchor monitoring the live stream.

Parisella and the cameraman struggled to put words together while running away from the scene.

“They assaulted us, Nicola!” she exclaimed.

Her next words were directed at the people on the street.

“What do you want?” she shouted, still running. “What do you want? You’re crazy!” Then she screamed.

The crew back at the news station could only watch in horror as the incident continued.

“Oh, God, Francesca,” Porro yelled. “Get out of there!”

Parisella and her cameraman barely managed to escape unharmed, thanks to a taxi driver who reportedly pulled the pair off the street and into the safety of his cab.

“Francesca is upset but she is fine. They destroyed the camera and shook the operator,” Porro explained to viewers several minutes later. “Thanks to a taxi driver, if not, it would be a lot worse.”

“The police told me that I was very lucky,” the reporter confirmed on Twitter. Then, referring to the taxi driver, she added, “Roberto saved my life.”

There been no official confirmation that the people who attacked Francesca Parisella were immigrants, but her statements and the video of the incident strongly suggest that this was the case.

It is unfortunately not the first time — and likely not the last — that refugees have attacked people in a country where they are guests. Not long ago, a Muslim immigrant attempted to stab a woman at a camp in Austria. A similar event occurred in Germany. Here in the United States, numerous attacks have been carried out by immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries. A Somali refugee carried out a stabbing attack in Ohio just months ago, while a shocking terrorist attack that killed 14 people at a Christmas party in California involved a radical Muslim immigrant.

It shouldn’t take dramatic attacks on journalists for the world to realize a simple fact: Not all cultures share Western values, and you cannot “coexist” with people who see you as a sexual object, enemy or target.

Italy Shuts Down Illegal Mosques, Muslim Population Loses its Mind!


waving flagAuthored By Tim Brown October 26, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://constitution.com/italy-shuts-illegal-mosques-muslim-population-loses-mind/

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The fact that the anti-christ religion of Muhammad, Islam, is allowed to be practiced in Western countries is a testimony to the weakness of the Christianity that prevails in those lands. That fact that it is practiced at all, is a testimony to the depravity of man. At least for Italy, they have chosen to take a stand against it. The Italian government has shut down all the illegal mosques in Italy, and the Muslims there are freaking out.against America

The Daily Mail reports:

An imam led the group in chants of ‘Allah Akbar’ which means ‘God is great,’ as they kneeled to the ground facing the Colosseum. The protest was organized by a Bangladeshi group, Dhuumcatu, which has complained that smaller or more informal mosques in Rome have been branded illegal by authorities for building violations.

At least 1.6 million Muslims live in the country but there are only a handful of mosques officially registered with the Italian government. Most worship takes place in houses and Islamic cultural centres.

But, Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said in August that ‘mini mosques in garages’ should not be allowed as it makes them difficult to monitor, possibly raising the risk of radicalisation. The Dhuumcatu Association, said police had closed three improvised mosques in Rome in last few months.

Sikdir Bulbul, 41, is an Italian citizen who has lived in Rome for 16 years. He said the mosque he helped establish in 2012 was shut down in September. He added: ‘Friday prayer is very important to us so today we have come to the Colosseum. Otherwise where else can we pray?’Do you want

The Colosseum has great significance in the largely Catholic country. It is generally regarded by Christians as a site of the martyrdom of believers during the Roman Empire’s persecution of the religion.

A cross now stands outside the building inscribed with the words: ‘The amphitheater, one consecrated to triumphs, entertainments, and the impious worship of pagan gods, is now dedicated to the sufferings of the martyrs purified from impious superstitions’.

 For these people to line up and pray outside an edifice that was used to murder Christians for sport is enough to infuriate even the most timid believer. Still, look at them.

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These people are not the friends of God. They are not the friends of Italy, and they are most certainly not the friends of the free world. In fact, the time is going to come that these people will be doing the same things that those in the Middle East are doing to Christians today. They will be demanding they leave the country, pay the jizya or die, and we all know the Islamists can come up with some of the most horrible and inhumane ways to murder people.

Remember, there is no peace in Islam. There is only submission to Allah. The Koran teaches as much for the infidel.

Americans should learn this too. Being tolerant of this demonic ideology is just as dangerous as being tolerant of Communism. Both are out to destroy Christianity and freedom. It cannot and should not exist in the world, let alone in the West.

Good for Italy for taking the stand and not backing down in the face of the enemy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tim Brown

Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. Tim is also an affiliate for the Joshua Mark 5 AR/AK hybrid semi-automatic rifle.

Reposted with Permission from Freedom Outpost.

What Christians are now being FORCED to do for Muslims makes my blood boil


waving flagWritten by Allen West on June 8, 2016

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I often say, “when tolerance becomes a one way street, it leads to cultural suicide,” and it appears we have a very appalling example to share. It just never ceases to amaze me how we are so bent on political correctness when it comes to acquiescing our Judeo-Christian faith heritage before Islam. We have these “coexist” bumper stickers that should read “submit”…or even better, “Dhimmi.”

As reported by Breitbart.com, “Parishioners visiting a church in Italy were told they must “pray in silence” so as not to disturb African migrants being housed there. Some of the faithful hoping to practice their Christianity at the church of St. Anthony in Ventimiglia were surprised when they were told by Caritas volunteers they couldn’t recite the rosary and would instead have to pray in silence out of respect to migrants who are living there. Do you want

Caritas is ostensibly a Catholic charity, although much of its resources are spent on facilitating mass migration to Europe; the organization even boasts that it contributes to and seeks to influence European Union (EU) “asylum” policies. Caritas reports that they have been distributing 600 meals a day to migrants in Ventimiglia.

After one of the female parishioners requested that the migrants be taken to another church so that she could recite the rosary, the parish priest, Don Rito, appeared and accompanied her and the other visitors to another church.

The Northern Italian town of 55,000 people has recently been overwhelmed with hundreds of migrants. More than 50 Africans have been crossing into Ventimiglia every day, hoping that from there they will be able to enter France. The town’s mayor, Enrico Ioculano, has said that this is “an untenable situation”. Mr. Ioculano has admitted that Ventimiglia is struggling to meet the costs of the migrant influx.”

I just have to ask, where is Saudi Arabia in all of this? Apparently someone in the Saudi kingdom, perhaps the royal House of Saud family, had enough money to finance the 9-11 terrorists. So why don’t they have enough money to house and feed their Muslim brethren?AMEN

But here’s the real kicker: why are the parishioners of the church told to be silent and suppress their Christian worship? Why did it seem more accommodating to remove the parishioner and take her to another church? Not only are we watching a blatant invasion but also a complete surrender to those who should be so appreciative and seeking out the Lord God of those granting them food and shelter. What misguided sense of political correctness are we witnessing here?Islamanipulation

Let me make a simple parallel. Do any of you think if Christian migrants ended up in an Islamic country that imams, clerics, and mullahs would demand that the public call to worship over the muezzin be halted, silenced? Heck, just imagine what would happen here in the United States if some people demanded that the muezzins be silenced. There would be complete and total outrage and calls of Islamophobia and bigotry.

Who are these Caritas volunteers who are facilitating the violation of national sovereignty? And are they aware of the threats of Islamic jihadist groups, namely ISIS, to infiltrate the migrant masses?

There is nothing noble about this. It is instead highly disturbing. Surrendering one’s principles and values all for what, some inane sense of multiculturalism?

“Breitbart London has previously reported on churches across Europe where welcoming migrants has taken precedence over Christian worship. In Germany, an evangelical church stripped out pews, the altar, and pulpit as well as all symbols of Christianity when offering it as a new home for migrants — so as to make them feel “more welcome in their new home.”America are you paying attention

This is not about just stripping out pews and symbols of our Christian faith or silencing our prayer. This is about the abject subjugation and admittance of inferiority. When you invite someone into your home, you don’t remove your furniture and items near to your heart. However, as with the visit of the Iranian delegation to Italy and the Vatican, art pieces were covered so as not to offend. Have we become so ashamed of our culture and civilization?

Remember: when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide — and just look for the comments of the slack-jawed surrender monkeys who will accuse me of promoting hate. It reflects a deranged mind that embraces cowardice and would rather exist on its knees, than stand on its feet.When tolerance becomes a one way street

And that, ladies and gents, is why Secretary of State John Kerry could thank the Iranians for taking care of our ten US Sailors who they put on their knees at gun point…sadly, the progressive socialist left prefers that position.

Not. Me.

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Muslim migrants arrested for allegedly throwing Christians into sea after brawl


waving flagPublished April 17, 2015, FoxNews.com

URL of the Original Posting Site: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/04/17/muslim-migrants-arrested-for-allegedly-throwing-christians-into-sea-after-brawl/

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The survivors said they had boarded a rubber boat April 14 on the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard, part of the wave of migrants taking advantage of calm seas and warm weather to make the risky crossing from Libya, where most smuggling operations originate. During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at sea by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau. Eventually the threat was carried out and 12 were pushed overboard. The statement said the motive was that the victims “professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.” The surviving Christians, the statement said, only managed to stay on board by forming a “human chain” to resist the assault.

The shocking accusation comes amid an unprecedented surge of migrants from Africa to Europe in recent days. Sky News reports that the Italian Coast Guard has said that 10,000 people have been pulled from rickety boats in the Mediterranean. Another 400 are believed to have drowned off the coast of Libya. 

Earlier Thursday, the International Organization of Migration (IOM) said four migrants who were picked up in recent days by the Italian Navy reported a shipwreck to aid workers after arriving in the Italian port of Trapani Thursday. Their boat had originally been carrying 45 people; the others are presumed dead.

The IOM said the migrants — two Nigerians, a Ghanaian and one Nigerien — were found floating in the sea by a helicopter and were rescued by the Italian Naval ship Foscari. They had left Tripoli in Libya on Saturday and stayed adrift for four days. The location of the rescue was not immediately known.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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