In this photo released by the Italian Navy Thursday, March 27, 2014, migrants stand on a boat as two Italian navy dinghies and a ship approach to give assistance, in the waters off Capo Passero, Sicily. (AP Photo/Italian Navy)
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The Italian navy rescued 730 people aboard two overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, officials said on Wednesday, as the numbers of migrant boats crossing from North Africa surges in the mild spring weather.The migrants, including 124 women and 29 children, were taken aboard the amphibious assault ship San Giorgio and another vessel late on Tuesday and early on Wednesday, a navy statement said. Calm sea conditions saw more than 4,000 migrants rescued from the seas off Italy over four days late last month.
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