Italy rescues 1,600 boat migrants over weekend

June 29, 2014 7:56 PM

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Italy rescues 1,600 boat migrants over weekend

Rome (AFP) - More than 1,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy and coast guard this weekend, authorities said Sunday, as the annual arrivals toll crept towards a record high.

Seven boats, many of them carrying children, were intercepted in a 24-hour period between Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total number of migrants arriving on Italian shores this year to above 60,000.

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