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Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Italy; 10 die

AP , Wednesday 4 Mar 2015
Migrants arrive by boat at the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo, February 15, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Italy's Coast Guard is bringing nearly 1,000 migrants to southern Italian ports from several different boat rescues, but 10 migrants perished at sea.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday its vessels and three cargo ships south of Sicily rescued 941 people in seven separate operations that began a day earlier.The migrants had been aboard five motorized dinghies and two larger vessels. One of the migrant boats capsized.

Hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of migrants, fleeing conflicts or poverty, reach Italy weekly on smugglers' boats setting sail from Libya.

The Coast Guard said the migrants claimed to be Syrians, Palestinians, Libyans, Tunisians or from sub-Saharan Africa.

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