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2,100 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in a single day

Published 12/04/2016

More than 300 migrants have been returned to Turkey (AP)
More than 300 migrants have been returned to Turkey (AP)

More than 2,000 migrants have been rescued in a single day in 17 different operations in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Italian coastguard.

A Maltese ship, a redirected cargo vessel and a ship that is part of the EU's Frontex operation joined forces with Italian coastguard, navy and customs rescue ships.

Warm weather and calm seas have resulted in a surge in the number of people paying smugglers to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Libya.

The coastguard said the 2,154 rescued on Tuesday were found in 16 rubber dinghies and one boat, each crammed with around 100-200 people.

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