European warships and coast guard vessels have rescued more than 2,000 migrants off the coast of Libya.
The Malta-based, Migrant Offshore Aid Station, said it co-ordinated the operation along with Italian, Irish and German ships.
Italy’s coastguard could not confirm the numbers, but said it was trying to help around a dozen other vessels.
The HMS Bulwark, a British Royal Navy ship, is also making its way towards Libya to assist with the situation.
BBC correspondent Jonathan Beale, who is on board, said the ship’s crew would launch helicopters and landing craft on Sunday morning in the expectation they would pick up more migrants.
The Bulwark has already saved almost 1,800 people over the past month.
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