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Migrants on 17 boats rescued south of Italy

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Migrants on 17 boats rescued south of Italy

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Italian authorities have said they have rescued more than 2,500 suspected migrants from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily, since Thursday.

No details regarding their nationalities have been released.

Italian navy and coastguard ships monitoring the waters off the North African coast said they went to the aid of 17 boats.