About 700 migrants arrive in Italy after sea rescue

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Migrants being rescued by an Italian ship

Nearly 700 migrants arrived in the Italian port town of Augusta on Monday after being rescued from their perilous boat journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

The migrants were rescued by Italian and Spanish ships in the Sea on a crowded vessel as it approached the Sicilian port, where Red Cross personnel were waiting to assist them.

Italy’s coast guard said on Saturday more than 2,200 migrants were rescued at sea that day as they tried to reach Europe and 10 bodies were recovered.

The International Organization for Migration last week said that about 4,220 migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year alone.

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