Italy rescued 1,100 migrants in sea
- 29.08.2016, 16:32,
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Nearly 1,100 people were rescued by Italian coastguards on Sunday while they were trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya.
All migrants were rescued from boats in the Strait of Sicily in 11 different rescue operations, Italy's coastguard said. The migrants were picked up from eight rubber dinghies, one large boat and two punts.
Last Friday the International Organisation for Migration said that some 105,342 migrants had reached Italy by boat this year. 2,726 persons died while trying to cross the Mediterranean. In the same period 162,730 people arrived in Greece, and 386 died on their way.
Italy remains one of the countries on the front line of Europe's migrant crisis for three years. From the beginning of 2014 more than 400,000 successfully reached the country, fleeing from North Africa.