From Libya to Italy, thousands of refugees arrive in rubber dinghies

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A group of migrants on the deck of Italian Coast Guard boat 'Dattilo' at Catania port in Sicily, Italy, 16 January 2016.

From Libya to Italy, thousands of refugees arrive in rubber dinghies


Italian officials blame the good weather for a sudden increase in immigration crossings from Libya, with ships picking up 3,100 migrants over the past three days.

As reported by The Associated Press (AP), some 712 migrants were picked up March 17 on top of 2,400 the two previous days, all grouped in small, flimsy rubber dinghies in international waters near Libya. Three bodies were found during rescues by mostly Italian ships on March 15.

“In these days there has been a window of weather t...


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