More than 1,200 boat migrants rescued off Libya on Tuesday: Italian coast guard

January 26, 2016 6:13 PM

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ROME Italy's coast guard said on Tuesday it had coordinated the rescue of 1,271 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in several operations off the coast of Libya.

Italy was long at the frontier of seaborne migration from North Africa, but most of the hundreds of thousands of people arriving in Europe on rickety boats last year took a less risky route to Greece.

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