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10,000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in just four days

Nearly 10,000 migrants have been rescued from boats travelling across the Mediterranean to Italy in the past four days alone, the Italian Coast Guard has revealed.

Official estimates suggesting at least 31,500 migrants have entered Italy and Greece since the start of the year as increasing governmental instability and violence in Africa has prompted a surge in numbers fleeing to Europe.

Another 900 are believed to have drowned on the crossing, including 400 people aboard a boat which capsized on Monday.

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More than 500 more desperate migrants rescued in Italy

More than 500 new African migrants have arrived in the Western Sicilian port of Trapani.

An Italian official looks over an African migrant Credit: RTV

The Italian Navy ship Comandante Foscari landed today with 586 arrivals - including women and children.

Migrants arrive in Trapani Credit: RTV

Italy has admitted it is struggling to cope with the thousands of migrants landing on its shores this spring.

These new arrivals come on the heels of a tragedy earlier this week, in which as many as 400 migrants died during the dangerous crossing between Libya and Italy after their boat capsized.

A holding area for the new arrivals Credit: RTV

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