Thousands of migrants rescued

Italian Coast Guard rescue 4,200 migrants.

Thousands of migrants rescued, 17 die: coastguard

The Italian coastguard says more than 4,000 migrants crossing from Africa to Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Friday. But 17 corpses were also found.

As many as 4,200 migrants were saved in 17 rescue operations in the Meditteranean Sea on Friday, the Italian coastguard said, as boats continue to leave Africa in droves carrying thousands of people seeking a better life in Europe.

The coastguard, which is coordinating rescue operations, said 22 different boats sent distress calls.

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