More Than 2,000 Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean

Italy's coastguard said on Saturday that more than 2,000 migrants were rescued from five wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday and as many as seven other vessels have been reported at sea. The country's coastguard, which coordinates sea rescue efforts in from Rome, could not confirm the number of migrants who had been saved so far, but said about a dozen different migrant boats had been reported and rescue operations were ongoing. A UN refugee agency said that during the first five months of the year, there were 46,500 sea arrivals in Italy, a 12 percent increase on the same period of last year. Italy's government projects 200,000 will come this year, up from 170,000 in 2014.



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