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Massive Rescues Off Libya Coast Save Over 10,000 Migrants
More than 10,000 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast over the past 48 hours and several bodies recovered.
Migrants gesture towards members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO as they wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on Oct. 4, 2016.
Thousands of migrants are "racing against the clock" to make the perilous crossing from Libya to Europe before summer ends, with authorities in the conflict-torn country at a loss to stem the flow.
Two women stand on a boat as they wait with other refugees and migrants to be rescued.
The migrants are brought to Italy, where EU and Italian officials work together to identify and fingerprint the asylum seekers. European law says migrants must stay in the country where they first enter the bloc and Italy is increasingly struggling to deal with the growing numbers.