Italian naval patrol's search for migrants
17 June 2014 Last updated at 07:35 BST
Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has warned that a naval operation to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea may have to come to an end without EU intervention.
Speaking in Sicily, he said Italy would not allow people to die but could not continue to patrol Libya's coast.
The captain of the Italian naval ship ITS Etna, one of the boats that has rescued migrants, showed the BBC's Matthew Price where the Italian ships patrol in the Mediterranean Sea.
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