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    Italy Saves Over 3,300 Migrants Off Libyan Coast

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    The Italian Coast Guard has saved more than 3,300 migrants making their way to Italy from Libya, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to ANSA news agency, seven migrants were found dead by the coast guard during rescue operations.

    Italy is one of the most popular countries among migrants fleeing North Africa and seeking asylum in Europe, which is trying to cope with a massive refugee crisis.

    According to the International Organization for Migration, Italy saw the arrival of over 145,000 migrants and refugees since the start of the year and up until October 19, while the total number reaching Europe was almost 320,000.

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