Italian coastguard goes to rescue of at least 600 migrants

February 14, 2015 7:00 PM

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ROME (Reuters) - Two merchant ships and an Italian coast guard vessel went to the rescue of more than 600 migrants who sent emergency calls for help from their packed rubber boats near the Libyan coast on Saturday.

The rescue operation is the second of its kind in two days, and closely follows the deaths last week of more than 300 people who were trying to make the crossing to Europe.

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