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By Sophie Inge For Mailonline 08:52 14 Jul 2017, updated 12:46 14 Jul 2017

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  • Go-Pro footage from the Italian Coastguard shows crews racing towards a crowded boat with around five children in the water crying out for help 

  • One little girl screams out as she tries to reach the hands of two rescuers

  • Around 4,100 migrants were plucked from the Mediterranean on Wednesday

This is the shocking moment Italian rescue crews pulled screaming migrant children from the Mediterranean.

Go-Pro footage from the Italian Coastguard shows crews racing across the sea towards a crowded boat as around five children cry out for help in the water.

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Shouts of 'No, no, no! Stay calm!' can be heard from the coastguard when more migrants jump over the side of the boat in a desperate attempt to reach the crews.

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Go-Pro footage from the Italian Coastguard shows crews racing towards a crowded boat with around five children crying out for help in the water. 

The rescue workers are seen throwing life buoys to the children before pulling them over the side of the boat. 

One little girl in a large life jacket screams as she tries to reach the hands of two rescuers, who subsequently manage to drag her onto boat.

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Around 4,100 migrants were plucked from the sea on Wednesday, according to Rome daily Il Messaggero, with the Roman Coastguard coordinating a total of 20 rescue operations.

The migrants were found on board 12 inflatable rafts, two barges and five smaller vessels.

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Shouts of 'No, no, no! Stay calm!' can be heard from the Coastguard as more migrants jump over the side of the boat in a desperate attempt to reach the crews
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The rescuers are seen throwing life buoys to the children before pulling them over the side of the boat
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One little girl in a large life jacket (pictured) screams as she tries to reach the hands of two rescuers who manage to drag her onto boat

According to Frontex, the EU's Border and Coast Guard Agency, a total of 24,800 migrants arrived on Italy's shores via the Mediterranean in June, an increase of eight percent compared with May.

And a total of 85,000 arrived in the first six months of 2017 - an increase of 21 percent compared with the same period last year.

On Thursday, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti proposed a pact with Libya to combat human trafficking, during a visit to Tripoli to meet mayors of affected cities.

'We will make a pact to liberate our lands from traffickers,' Minniti told 13 mayors from south Libya, urging them to mobilise against people smugglers.

Libya is struggling to control its long borders with Sudan, Chad and Niger.

Cities in south Libya have become the first stops for many illegal immigrants' in their journeys to Europe.

On July 6, EU interior ministers pledged to back an urgent European Commission plan to help crisis-hit Italy, which has been overwhelmed by a wave of migrants arriving by sea from North Africa.

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African migrants stand on the deck of the Italian rescue ship Vos Prudence run by NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) as it arrives in the early morning of July 14
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African migrants on the deck of Vos Prudence. According to Frontex, the EU's Border and Coast Guard Agency, a total of 24,800 migrants arrived on Italy's shores via the Mediterranean in June, showing an increase of eight percent compared with May

'We have a moral duty to eliminate this traffic that has caused deaths... and extraordinary and unacceptable pressure on my country,' Minniti said.

Fayez al-Sarraj, leader of the internationally backed Government of National Unity, said: 'Libya will do its best to relieve the pressure on the Italian coast', according to a tweet by Rome's embassy to Tripoli, the only Western diplomatic mission to have reopened in the Libyan capital.

Minniti also visited Tripoli in May to hand over four patrol boats repaired in Italy.

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The situation has worsened since the fall of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, with smugglers exploiting the chaos to increase the flow of illegal migrants to Italy just 300 kilometres away.

Italy has been urging its EU partners to make a 'concrete contribution' to dealing with the crisis both in terms of trying to limit departures from Libya and also taking in some of those who survive the perilous journey.

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni warned last week that Italy did not have 'unlimited' capacity to keep taking in people, having already accepted around 85,000 of the 100,000 people who have arrived this year. 


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Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4695762/amp/Screaming-migrant-children-pulled-sea-rescuers.html

Screaming children are pulled from the sea by rescue workers as 4,000 migrants are saved in the Mediterranean