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More than 5,600 migrants rescued in Mediterranean: Italy coastguard

The rescues came on the third anniversary of a migrant ship fire and sinking near the island of Lampedusa which left 366 people dead

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More than 5,600 migrants were rescued from distress boats off Libya Monday in one of the largest tallies for a single day since the current migration crisis erupted, Italy's coast guard said.

The rescues came on the third anniversary of a migrant ship fire and sinking near the island of Lampedusa which left 366 people dead and alerted the world to the unfolding drama in the Mediterranean.