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5,000 refugees rescued on route to Italy from Libya


At least 5,000 migrants bound for Italy have been rescued in waters off the coast of Libya by Italian and Libyan coastguards.

Statements from both countries today said around 2,900 people were rescued on Thursday, 2,300 of whom were found in international waters and taken to Italy, while 580 picked up in Libyan waters were returned to the north African country.

The Italian coastguard said through Friday until Saturday morning, coastguards rescued another 2,100 migrants packed in 17 vessels, but found the body of one man who drowned.

The number of migrants arriving in Italy has soared this year by more than 30 percent in comparison with the same period last year, with 46,000 people arriving so far.

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