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About 4,800 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya on the weekend and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy’s coast guard and navy said, in what looked to be the biggest rescue operation of its kind so far this year.

Migrants sit in Italian navy ship Vega during a rescue operation off the coast of Sicily, in this handout picture courtesy of the Italian Marina Militare (Marine Military) .Reuters

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A child waves before disembarking from tug boat Asso29 in the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo, southern Italy.Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

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A police member takes a picture at a migrant after disembark from tug boat Asso29 in the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo, southern Italy.Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

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Migrants wait aboard a wooden boat during a rescue operation off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean sea.Jason Florio/AFP / Getty Images

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A woman is helped to disembark from tug boat Asso29 in the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo, southern Italy.Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

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Women and children during a rescue operation of migrants by military ship "Bettica" off the coast of Sicily.AFP / Getty Images

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A child blows a kiss as migrants disembark from the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Monday.Adriana Sapone/The Associated Press

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Women sit on a boat during a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean sea.Jason Florio/AFP / Getty Images

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Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy.Adriana Sapone/The Associated Press

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A barefooted child walks out after disembarking from tug boat Asso29 in the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo, southern Italy.Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

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