Italian navy finds dozens of bodies in migrant boat

[File photo] Migrants are escorted by Italian navy officers after being rescued off Lampedusa on October 25, 2013.

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  • Italy has seen a series of tragedies as migrants cross from North Africa
  • In October, more than 300 African migrants died in Lampedusa
  • Hundreds more have been rescued from often unseaworthy vessels

About 30 bodies were found in a migrant boat rescued early Monday between Sicily and the North African coast, the Italian navy said.

Italian media reported the boat had 600 people onboard.

Italy has seen a series of tragedies as migrants in crowded boats cross from North Africa to Europe.

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In October, Lampedusa made international headlines when more than 300 African migrants died when their ship sank off its shores.

As the closest Italian island to Africa, Lampedusa is a frequent destination for refugees seeking to enter European Union countries. Many of the migrants are from African nations while others have fled war-torn Syria.

Hundreds more have been rescued from often unseaworthy vessels and taken to the tiny Mediterranean island's overcrowded detention center.

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