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Thousand migrants rescued from boats off Libya

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More than one thousand migrants have been pulled out by rescuers near Libya on Wednesday morning.

According to reuters, the migrants crossing the Mediterranean in rickety boats from Libya towards Italy’s southern tip had been abating with deteriorating weather conditions and as more people chose alternative routes into Europe.

Almost 140,000 have reached Italy this year in boats from Africa out of a total of about 700,000 who have come to Europe by sea, mostly through Greece.

British, Irish, Slovenian and German navy ships took part in Wednesday’s rescues along with the Italian coast guard and a ship operating under the auspices of European Union border agency Frontex.