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One dead as 1,000 refugees rescued in the Mediterranean

One woman was found dead while more than 1,000 refugees were rescued

off the Libyan coast, aid groups said on Sunday. Around 400 people were crammed onto a single wooden boat, while others were picked up from huge inflatable dinghies, which had set sail from the coast of Libya, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee. A young woman was found unconscious on one of the vessels and later died, MSF said. Two rescue ships found the refugees, just days after 250 migrants and refugees from African countries were reported missing in boat disasters off the Libyan coast. The weekend rescues mean that about 22,000 mainly African refugees have been picked up heading to Italy so far this year, while around 520 have died trying to make the crossing.