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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Thousands of migrants rescued off coast of Libya

Posted by Anup Baral August 30, 2016 : More than three thousand migrants and refugees, mostly from Eritrea, were rescued on Monday from the Mediterranean Sea by members of two NGO's and the Italian navy. (Aug. 29)
About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, the Italian coastguard says, in one of the biggest operations of its kind to date. Some 40 co-ordinated rescue missions took place about 20km (12 miles) off the Libyan town of Sabratha, it added. Video footage shows migrants, said to be from Eritrea and Somalia, cheering and some swimming to rescue vessels, while others carried babies aboard. On Sunday more than 1,100 migrants were rescued in the same area.

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