Italy rescues 500 boat migrants, six bodies off Libya

By REUTERS
September 5, 2016 14:17

 
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ROME - The Italian navy rescued nearly 500 boat migrants off the coast of Libya on Monday and recovered the bodies of six people who fell out of a leaking rubber vessel.

Squads on two patrol boats and two helicopters were still searching for survivors and any other victims, the Navy said.

Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War Two is now focused on Italy, at Europe's southern frontier, where some 115,000 people had arrived by the end of August, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

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