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109 migrants rescued off Lampedusa

Dinghy found south of Italian island

12 October, 10:59
109 migrants rescued off Lampedusa (ANSA) - Rome, October 12 - The Italian coast guard on Friday rescued 109 North African migrants including a woman from a struggling 12-metre dinghy 70 nautical miles south-east of the island of Lampedusa.

Crossings from Africa have kept up a steady pace in recent weeks because of a spell of good weather. The migrants were taken to Lampedusa - closer to Libya than to Sicily - to be fed and identified.

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