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Some 800 migrants were plucked from flimsy rubber boats on Thursday, Italy’s coast guard said, as Libya-based people smugglers took advantage of a window of good midwinter weather to send them to sea.

Italian coast guard vessel Diciotti and two ships run by humanitarian groups, the Aquarius and the Golfo Azzurro, went to the rescue of a total of six rubber boats in international waters off the coast of Libya, the coast guard said.

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