Italy says it rescued 3.300 illegal migrants off Libyan coast on Friday

© AFP 2016/ MAHMUD TURKIA
© AFP 2016/ MAHMUD TURKIA

At least 3,300 migrants were rescued Friday by the Italian coast guard during a series of operations in the Mediterranean Sea, according to that country’s media.

The Ansa News Agency said the refugees were rescued during 24 separate operations launched by the coast guard but seven victims were found dead. No information was immediately available about the nationalities of the migrants.

Italy, has been a favored point for migrants feeling violence and poverty who seek a better life in northern European countries.

The International Organization for Migration that of the 145,381 refugees who set for out for Italy, 3,178 died on the Mediterranean while en route between Jan. 1 – Oct. 19, 2016.

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