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Two migrant boats with 133 kids rescued off Italy

ROME -- Italy's navy on Tuesday rescued two boats packed with more than 500 migrants including 133 minors in the latest influx that has brought in more than 36,000 people so far in 2014.

A navy helicopter spotted the boats — one towing the other following an accident — south of Sicily on Monday.

Poor weather conditions delayed the rescue, carried out on Tuesday with the help of nearby merchant vessels.

There were also 64 women in the group, the navy said in a statement.

Almost all of the new arrivals are on boats leaving northern Libya, which is becoming increasingly lawless, and many are originally from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria.

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