About 50 people have been found dead in the hold of a boat carrying migrants intercepted off the coast of Libya, the Italian coastguard has said.

About 430 people had been rescued alive from the boat, a spokeswoman told Reuters news agency.

The rescue operation was carried out by a Swedish vessel, working with the EU’s Frontex border agency.

Today’s rescue operation was one of 10 such missions currently taking place in the waters off Libya, the Italian coastguard spokeswoman said.

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