A boat crowded with refugees off the Italian coast in the Strait of Sicily, 22 August
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Migrant crisis: Italy rescues 2,000 in major operation

The Italian coastguard has embarked on one of its biggest ever migrant rescue missions.

Officials say they co-ordinated the rescue of more than 2,000 migrants in waters off the coast of Libya.

The operation was launched after distress calls were received from 22 overcrowded boats and inflatable dinghies.

Sophia Tran-Thomson reports.

  • 23 Aug 2015
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