At least 12 migrants have drowned, and a further 500 others have been rescued, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya.
Tunisian navy vessels have rescued more than 350 migrants off its coast, and is still searching for hundreds more, attempting to sail from neighbouring Libya to Italy.
A sailing ship, carrying dozens of migrants, to Italy capsized off the coast of Tunisia, killing at least five Tunisian migrants on board.
Libyan coast guard officials have detained as many as 600 illegal African migrants, including pregnant women and 18 children, who had tried to sail to Europe.
A boat carrying migrants has capsized off the coast of Libya, causing as many as 700 migrants to be feared dead, with just 28 rescued.
A total of up to 1’500 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea have been rescued by the Italian coastguard over a period of just 24 hours, officials have said.
At least 10 migrants from North Africa have been rescued after their vessel capsized in the Mediterranean, while as many as a thousands migrants were rescued from seven vessels in a day.
The Italian coastguard has began a major rescue operation to rescue at least 1’000 migrants that are stranded in the Mediterranean Sea, after running into difficulty at sea.
As many as 300 migrants remain unaccounted after two vessels carrying them to Italy from Libya sank this week, according to officials from the the UN refugee agency.
At least 25 migrants have died, believed to have been the result of hypothermia, despite being rescued from their vessel by Italian coastguards.