Some 6,000 migrants hoping to head to Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean on Friday and yesterday in dozens of frantic operations co-ordinated by the Italian coastguard.
Some 3,000 were picked up yesterday by the navy, coastguard, EU border agency Frontex and several NGOs, the coastguard said in a statement.
The Libyan coastguard told AFP it had picked up around 170 migrants off Tripoli on Saturday, but had failed to rescue others “due to a lack of means”.
The rescues came a day after around 3,000 others were found floating in rubber boats and on makeshift rafts after having left Libya, heading towards Italy.
The International Organization for Migration meanwhile said fishermen had rescued 371 migrants on Friday off the coast of the Libyan town of Zuwara…