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French patrol ship rescues 217 migrants off Libya coast| Reuters

May 03, 2015    

PARIS (Reuters) - A French patrol ship rescued 217 migrants from three small boats that had run into trouble off the coast of Libya on Saturday, the maritime police said in a statement.The Commandant Birot helped several dozen people in distress and intercepted two suspected people smugglers, according to the statement."The intercepted vessels have all been neutralised," the maritime police said, adding that they were responding to a call from the maritime rescue coordination centre in Rome as part of the European Union's operation Triton.The rescued migrants and the suspected people...

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