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Italy: 1,100 migrants rescued from Libyan coast in one day

A crew member of a German NGO stands on a boat used by migrants in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Libya June 18, 2017. (Reuters)

About 1,100 migrants from the Libyan coast were rescued from the sea on Wednesday, including a woman who gave birth in a rubber boat, the Italian coastguard and monitors said.

They were recovered from 10 rubber boats and a small wooden boat in a rescue operation that involved a coastguard vessel, an Italian Navy ship and NGOs.

The Mission Lifeline NGO said in a Twitter post that the woman had given birth on an inflatable boat. Some 114,600 migrants have landed in Italy so far this year, a figure that is down 32 percent year on year.
 

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Last Update: Thursday, 23 November 2017 KSA 08:11 - GMT 05:11
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