Malta navy rescues 271 migrants from Mediterranean

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Malta navy rescues 271 migrants from Mediterranean

 Malta’s navy said on Wednesday that it had rescued a total of 271 migrants from the Mediterranean in three separate operations.

The navy rescued 63 migrants in distress after their dinghy started to take in water overnight, a statement said.

A patrol boat rescued another 61 migrants after they made a distress call, and then 147 more in a third rescue, the navy said, without providing further details.

The rescued migrants were taken to Malta for health checks.

Malta has appealed to the EU for help in dealing with the flow of migrants, which its much larger neighbor Italy has begun to turn away.

Italy’s hard-line stance has increased pressure on the island nation of 450,000 people, which was already a common destination for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa.