Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya

Italian coastguard and navy worked on several operations to save migrants

Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya

Migrants look out from the stern of the 'Aquarius' vessel, Saturday June 25, 2016 | Photo: PA Images

Over 3,300 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya today in 26 different operations, the Italian coastguard said.

More than 10,000 migrants have been saved from the Mediterranean since Thursday.

There were no reports of confirmed or suspected casualties after the operations to pick up migrants packed on to 25 rubber dinghies and one wooden boat, all of which were rescued less than 35 miles from the Libyan coast.

More than 10,000 migrants have died trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean since 2014, just over a quarter of the casualties having happened this year.