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Sri Lankans were among over 480 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships Saturday during search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea.

International media reported that a 4-day-old baby was one of the migrants.

The baby was travelling on one of two rubber boats carrying over 200 migrants from North and Central Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen.

The boats were seen drifting some 22 nautical miles north of the Libyan town of Sabratha, the most frequently used departure point currently used by people smugglers in Libya

The flow of migrants braving the Mediterranean Sea has not stopped despite the cold weather due to rumors of a potential crackdown on people-smuggling.

In the past migrant crossings have slowed to a trickle during winter months due to bad weather.

 But crossings spiked at the end of last year as word spread that Libya's coast guard is being trained to stop illicit boats setting sail for Italy, a key gateway for migrants into Europe.

So far 27,850 migrants have made the crossing to Europe by sea in 2017 according to the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Just since the end of last year, 635 people have either died or are missing in the Mediterranean.(Reuters)

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  • ceylon Monday, 03 April 2017 11:26 AM

    when there are no solutions offering by their governmentspeople choose to flee even risking their lives for better countries. via DM Android App

    rosebud Monday, 03 April 2017 12:52 PM

    These people are fleeing the ravages of war. Theres a huge difference between a genuine refugee and a bogus refugee - the latter is an opportunist. via DM Android App


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