Immigrants, part of a group of more than 1,700 people, get on a bus after they disembarked from the Italian military ship "San Giusto," in the port of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy August 11, 2014. (AFP Photo/Giovanni Isolino)
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Spain and Italy said Wednesday that they had rescued more than 2,300 African immigrants in just over 24 hours, plucking people from flimsy vessels as they made a desperate attempt to reach the shores of southern Europe.Spain's maritime rescue services said they had picked up 920 people including 26 children from the Gibraltar Strait Tuesday, and another 10 men trying to reach Spain on a single dinghy Wednesday morning.A total of nearly 1,300 immigrants have been picked up in the waters off southern Spain in the past four days and are now crammed into temporary accommodation including a large gymnasium.Five migrants drowned in February while trying to swim to Ceuta from a nearby beach.
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