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Mediterranean Sea: 124 migrants picked up off Libyan coast00:37

Mediterranean Sea: 124 migrants picked up off Libyan coast

Mediterranean Sea
January 26, 2016 at 17:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Members of the Italian Coast Guard onboard the Dattilo vessel intercepted a dinghy with 124 migrants on board which was sailing through the Mediterranean Sea, near the coast of Libya on Wednesday.

Among the migrants, all of them of sub-Saharan nationalities, were six women and one child, according to the Coast Guard's press release. The ship is currently sailing towards Lampedusa, where it will arrive later on Wednesday evening.

The Coast Guard has rescued 1,211 migrants on boats in the Mediterranean since Friday. According to UNHCR figures, over one million migrants arrived on European shores from the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, with southern Europe seeing the majority of arrivals. It is estimated that over 46,000 have taken the same option since 2016 began.

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Members of the Italian Coast Guard onboard the Dattilo vessel intercepted a dinghy with 124 migrants on board which was sailing through the Mediterranean Sea, near the coast of Libya on Wednesday.

Among the migrants, all of them of sub-Saharan nationalities, were six women and one child, according to the Coast Guard's press release. The ship is currently sailing towards Lampedusa, where it will arrive later on Wednesday evening.

The Coast Guard has rescued 1,211 migrants on boats in the Mediterranean since Friday. According to UNHCR figures, over one million migrants arrived on European shores from the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, with southern Europe seeing the majority of arrivals. It is estimated that over 46,000 have taken the same option since 2016 began.

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