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Italian navy rescues 274 migrants

Published 25/04/2015

Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo, at Catania harbour, Sicily (AP)
Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo, at Catania harbour, Sicily (AP)

Hundreds more migrants have been rescued from a vessel in the Mediterranean by the Italian navy.

The 274 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the navy said without giving details. There were no reports of any casualties.

Meanwhile, 334 migrants who were rescued on Friday were dropped off in the Sicilian port of Augusta, including 46 women and 42 children.

The incidents show the flow of migrants trying to reach Europe in rickety boats has continued unabated following last Sunday's deadly capsising of a migrant ship that is believed to have left at least 800 dead.

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