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More than 3,200 boat migrants rescued: Italian coast guard

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More than 3,200 boat migrants rescued: Italian coast guard
80,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP
09:18 CEST+02:00
The latest arrivals take the number of migrants to have landed in Italy this year to more than 80,000.

One person was found dead during the rescue efforts, said the coastguard on Wednesday, 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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