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Italian Navy Pulls 1,100 Migrants From Boats
More than 1,100 migrants have been rescued by the Italian navy and coast guard after cramming into eight dinghies and a boat.
The rescue mission was launched when a helicopter spotted one of the boats south of the island of Lampedusa, midway between the coasts of Tunisia and Italy.
More than 300 people drowned in the region last year when their boat sank.
Some 335 migrants were rescued from one dinghy alone, while a further 788 were pulled to safety by the crews of two naval ships.
They were given food and medical treatment and taken to the Sicilian port of Augusta.
Every year, thousands of African, Asian or Middle Eastern migrants set out on risky voyages across the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe boats, seeking refuge in central Europe.
Hundreds of people die every year while attempting to complete the crossing.
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