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‘700 migrants rescued off Italian coast’

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The Italian coast guard said on Saturday it had rescued more than 700 migrants and refugees ( migrants being resuced in a file photo), including many Syrians and Egyptians, from four boats, the latest in a surge of refugee arrivals. A mother, father and their two young children were reushed to hospital for emergency care. One broken-down boat was carrying 207 migrants from Nigeria, Ghana and Eritrea, it said; another boat had 212 migrants; two other boats carrying a total of 293 Syrians and Egyptians were brought on Friday. The number of refugees has increased in recent months because of surging violence in Syria and Egypt and calm summer weather . The Italian Interior Ministry says 3,000 Syrians arrived in Italy from the beginning of the year to the end of August, mostly arriving by boat in eastern Sicily. — AFP


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