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3,400 migrants rescued in two days off Libyan coast: Italian coastguard

This handout file picture released by the Italian Red Cross shows migrants being rescued from a dinghy off the Libyan coast in the international waters between Malta and Libya. Photograph: (AFP)

New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 11, 2016, 04.45 PM (IST)

Around 1,100 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Sunday, taking the tally of rescued migrants to 3,400 over the weekend.

The Italian coastguard said that those saved on Sunday had left Libya aboard eight overloaded inflatable dinghies and two fishing vessels.

They were picked up by Italian coastguard and naval vessels, a British and an Irish warship and several ships chartered by humanitarian NGOs, the coastguard added.

On Saturday, 2,300 people were rescued from 18 small boats.

More than 14,000 people were rescued within five days last month. Most were from sub-Saharan Africa.

According to Italy's interior ministry, about 124,500 migrants have arrived since the start of 2016.

The country now has 155,000 migrants in reception centres, compared to the 103,000 in 2015 and 66,000 in 2014.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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