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Almost 700 migrants rescued off the Italian coast, 5 found dead

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ROME (Reuters) – Almost 700 migrants, including five dead bodies, were rescued on Saturday off the southern coast of Italy, a coastguard statement said on Sunday, as flows of migrants crossing the Mediterranean increase during favourable sea conditions. Most of the 674 migrants were found on a fishing boat 124 miles off the coast of Calabria, the boot of Italy. Others were rescued in the water. Search and rescue operations were carried out by a merchant vessel and Italy’s coastguard and finance police. The migrants were transferred to port cities in Sicily and Calabria on Sunday morning, the s…

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