Immigrants part of a group of more than 1.400 people are escorted by harbor staff and army men after they disembarked from Italian military ship "San Giusto" in the port of Salerno, southern Italy August 5, 2014.
(AFP Photo/Roberta Basile)
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The Italian navy said Monday it had rescued more than 2,000 migrants over the weekend from boats in the Mediterranean, bringing the number it has brought ashore this year to nearly 100,000 .Most of the migrants making the risky and often deadly journeys come from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria, but there are also many arriving from across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.They are picked up as part of Italy's "Mare Nostrum" operation, a large-scale naval deployment that was launched after twin shipwrecks in October left more than 400 migrants deadd.
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