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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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Migrants with horrifying burns from gas blast rescued

Up to 70 migrants, including young children, rescued from a dinghy in the Mediterranean after a gas cylinder on their boat exploded, have arrived in Sicily for urgent medical care.

ITV News correspondent John Ray reports from Sicily. Some viewers might find images in this video distressing.

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