More than 3 200 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

2016-07-20 14:30
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Rome - More than 3 200 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean on Tuesday in 25 operations, the Italian coastguard said.

One person was found dead during the rescue efforts, said the coastguard, which coordinated the missions conducted by the Italian navy and coastguard, the EU's Eunavfor Med mission and NGOs such as MSF, Sea Watch and MOAS.

The latest arrivals take the number of migrants to have landed in Italy this year to more than 80 000, according to the UN's refugee agency. Most of them are Africans.

Since 2014, more than 10 000 migrants have died or are feared to have drowned while attempting the perilous journey to Europe by sea, most losing their lives in the central Mediterranean, UNHCR says.

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