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Nearly 600 rescued migrants disembark from charity boat in Italy

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ROME (Reuters) – Hundreds of migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean disembarked on Friday in the southern Italian town of Augusta, in Sicily, after Rome-based maritime authorities agreed to give their ship a port. The Ocean Viking vessel, operated by SOS Mediterranee, carried 572 people, including around 180 minors, after picking them up in six separate operations in Maltese and Libyan search and rescue areas, the European NGO said. After asking the European Union to find a safe port for the migrants, the group said the situation onboard was deteriorating due to tension and exhaustion a…

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