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Over 1,500 boat migrants rescued off Libya

AFP , Thursday 3 Dec 2015
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A sunken boat carrying migrants is pulled in to the port Zuwara, Libya Aug. 2015 (Photo: AP)
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Over 1,500 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast in seven separate operations, the Italian navy said Thursday, after a break in bad weather sparked fresh attempts at the perilous Mediterranean crossing.

The migrants were plucked from their boats by the Italian coastguard, the navy, a Doctors Without Borders boat and two vessels operating under the EU's Operation Sophia, which patrols the sea for people smugglers.

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