Some 800 Migrants Rescued From Mediterranean

Around 800 migrants were rescued from poor quality vessels in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard has said.

Some 800 migrants were plucked from flimsy rubber boats on Thursday, Italy’s coastguard said, as Libya-based people smugglers took advantage of a window of good mid-winter weather to send them to sea.

Italian coastguard vessel Diciotti and two ships run by humanitarian groups, the Aquarius and the Golfo Azzurro, went to the rescue of a total of six rubber boats in international waters off the coast of Libya, the coast guard said.

Mathilde Auvillain, a spokeswoman for SOS Mediterranee which co-runs the Aquarius, said they aided a small wooden boat carrying 26 people, mostly Nigerians, on Wednesday, while 123 were taken off a rubber dinghy on Thursday.

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