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Italy, Malta rescue stricken migrants in Mediterranean

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – The Italian navy rescued 100 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as 178 others were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, and Malta, officials said.

The Italian navy said the lives of the 100 people it rescued had been in imminent danger after their boat’s engine failed in worsening weather. Only a few of them had life-jackets.

The migrants, who sent an SOS signal to Alarm Phone, a volunteer-run Mediterranean rescue hotline, had said that a five-year-old girl on board had perished, but the navy said no one had died.

Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini said the migrants would be taken to the northern port of Genoa.

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