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More than 1,000 migrants rescued off Italian coast on Christmas Day

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By Euronews
More than 1,000 migrants rescued off Italian coast on Christmas Day

<p>At least 1,250 refugees and migrants were rescued by the Italian navy in four different operations on Christmas Day.</p> <p>They were taken onto the Navy ship ‘Etna’ where they received medical check-ups before being transferred to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo.</p> <p>While onboard Etna, a Nigerian mother gave birth to her baby, with the help of Italian medical staff.</p> <p>On another boat, Italian emergency services discovered the body of a man who had died during the journey.</p> <p>One other man who was showing symptoms of malaria or TB, was transferred by helicopter </p> <p>Most of the migrants came from Syria and Eritrea.</p> <p>It follows a rescue operation on Christmas Eve in which more than 1,000 migrants were saved.</p>