Coast guard says over 1,300 migrants rescued at sea

Two thousand people were rescued on Thursday when the coast guard coordinated operations involving migrants travelling on 15 different boats.

Migrants receive emergency relief in a port, after being rescued at sea by Libyan coast guard, in Tripoli, Libya April 11, 2016.

Italy is on the front line of Europe's immigration crisis, which is now in its third year. Almost 50,000 migrants have come ashore in Italy this year, about 10 percent less than the same period last year, according to the Interior Ministry.

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