In this Nov. 22, 2017 photo provided Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, migrants on a small wooden boat wait to be rescued by the German non-profit organization Sea Watch, in the central Mediterranean Sea. (Johannes Moths/Sea Watch via AP)
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More than 33,000 migrants have died at sea trying to reach European shores since 2000, making the Mediterranean "by far the world's deadliest border," the United Nations migration agency said on Friday.This year some 161,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea, about 75 percent of them landing in Italy with the rest in Greece, Cyprus and Spain, according to IOM figures.On Friday, Libya's EU-backed coastguard intercepted more than 600 mainly sub-Saharan African migrants, including many women and children, from a total of five boats that had left from the coast east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, coast guard officials said.On Wednesday and Thursday, Italy's coast guard said some 1,600 migrants were rescued from nearly 20 vessels in the central Mediterranean.
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