This file photo taken on November 3, 2016 shows migrants and refugees on a rubber boat off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea, on November 3, 2016. AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO
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Sicily Monday welcomed nearly 900 migrants rescued in Mediterranean waters off the coast of Libya in the past few days, with many expressing relief at having escaped the "Libyan hell". More than 330 migrants rescued by Italian coast guard and other European vessels have already disembarked at Sicilian ports, Italian media reported.Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe.The number of migrants and refugees who have arrived in Europe this year – nearly 164,000 – is less than half of last year's total of 348,000 .
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