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Mediterranean Sea: Over 1,800 refugees picked up at sea in single day01:19

Mediterranean Sea: Over 1,800 refugees picked up at sea in single day

Mediterranean Sea, Mediterranean Sea
August 2, 2016 at 12:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

A total of 411 refugees travelling in three inflatable vessels were picked up on Monday by the Italian coastguard from waters off the coast of Libya.

According to the coastguard 1,800 refugees were found in open water on Monday, bringing the total up to 8,300 over five days. The most recent incident will mean over 94,000 refugees have been brought to Italian ports in 2016, roughly equivalent to the figures for the same period of last year.

While the flow of refugees and migrants between Turkey and the European Union has slowed to a trickle following a deal struck in March, more than 3,000 refugees have died at sea this year while trying to reach either Greece or Italy, an increase of some 50 percent on the same period in 2015.

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A total of 411 refugees travelling in three inflatable vessels were picked up on Monday by the Italian coastguard from waters off the coast of Libya.

According to the coastguard 1,800 refugees were found in open water on Monday, bringing the total up to 8,300 over five days. The most recent incident will mean over 94,000 refugees have been brought to Italian ports in 2016, roughly equivalent to the figures for the same period of last year.

While the flow of refugees and migrants between Turkey and the European Union has slowed to a trickle following a deal struck in March, more than 3,000 refugees have died at sea this year while trying to reach either Greece or Italy, an increase of some 50 percent on the same period in 2015.

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