Almost 2,000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean en route to Italy

ROME - Rescuers pulled almost 2,000 migrants from 11 boats that were attempting to cross the Mediterranean and reach Italy, the Italian coastguard said on Thursday.
It was the largest number of migrants reported saved en route to Italy in more than a month.
The flow of migrants heading to Italy has slowed sharply in recent weeks, partly because of poor weather. Many come from sub-Saharan Africa and set sail from Libya in rickety boats provided by people smugglers.
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