Italian coastguard rescues hundreds of migrants off Lampedusa

Hundreds of migrants and refugees were rescued while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe over the weekend.
Many of them have been taken to ports in Italy, but authorities there say they are overwhelmed.
The influx comes as Italy gears up for early elections, which could bring hard-right politicians to power.
The United Nations says more than 30,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Italy by sea this year.

Al Jazeera’s Katia-Lopez Hodayan reports.

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