Italy interior minister hails human trafficker arrests

Over 500 'merchants of death' arrested so far tweets Alfano

(ANSA) - Rome, August 29 - Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Friday hailed the arrest of seven alleged human traffickers who ferried migrants across the Mediterranean to Italy, bringing total arrests to over 500.
    "Tough battle against the merchants of death! Seven more traffickers arrested near Ragusa: we are now above the 500 mark! #ItalyWon'tWait", the minister tweeted.
    Alfano will meet with his German and Spanish counterparts next week to discuss the migrant emergency in the Mediterranean after he secured a commitment from the European Union to replace Italy's Mare Nostrum migrant search-and-rescue mission with an expanded version of the EU's Frontex border control agency.
   

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