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Over 1,300 refugees picked up in Mediterranean in single day: Italy

12 June 2016 11:23

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Italy says over 1300 stranded refugees have been rescued at sea in a single day of naval operations through the Mediterranean.

The Italian Coastguard said in a statement on Saturday that 1,348 asylum seekers of various African nationalities were rescued during 11 rescue operations in the stretch of sea between Sicily, Italy’s largest island to the south and North Africa.

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