Italian navy rescues scores of migrants

Feb 06, 2014, 6:50 AM EST
A migrant sits on rocks and stares at the sea in Lampedusa island on October 26, 2013.
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Italy's navy has rescued 1,123 people from inflatable boats in the space of 24 hours, as clandestine migration from North Africa reaches record levels. The latest migrants were found in eight boats and a barge about 120 miles (222km) south-east of Lampedusa. They include 47 women, four of them pregnant, and 50 children, all probably from sub-Saharan Africa, the navy said. Meanwhile, at least seven migrants have drowned trying to reach the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in North Africa.
Background:
More than 1,100 migrants rescued off Italy in one day [BBC]
'Massive' refugee influx in Italy: official [AFP]

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