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More Than 880 Migrants Died In Med In Past Week

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At least 880 migrants have died in shipwrecks and capsized vessels in the Mediterranean in the past week, a UN agency has said.

The UN's refugee agency said 2016 is "proving to be particularly deadly" in the Mediterranean, with some 2,510 people killed so far, compared to 1,855 in the same period last year.

On Saturday, the Italian coastguard coordinated the rescue of a total of 668 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.

The rescues took place in the Sicily Channel off the Libyan coast and were carried out by various ships from the Italian navy, the European Union Naval Force in the Mediterranean and the Irish navy. 

According to the International Organisation for Migration, 204,311 migrants or refugees have crossed the sea to reach Europe since the beginning of this year.

The influx is increasing with favourable weather conditions and calm seas.

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