Some 2,100 migrants were plucked from the central Mediterranean on Friday, the Italian Coastguard said in a statement on Saturday.

It raised to more than 12,000 the total rescue tally in the past 48 hours.

There were nine separate interventions, which intercepted migrants on six wooden ships and three dinghies.

The Italian Navy, the EU border agency Frontex, the EU naval mission Eunavfor Med and the Doctors without Borders and Moas charities were involved in the rescues.

On Thursday, the Italian Coastguard coordinated 43 rescue missions, saving about 5,000 migrants, and recovering the body of a woman.

It was a high number of arrivals recorded after eight days of bad weather, which temporarily halted departures from Libya.

Data from the International Organisation for Migration updated Wednesday, showed 222,318 migrants had arrived in Europe this year, including 159,556 in Greece and 55,563 in Italy.

Some 2,861 have died or gone missing in Mediterranean sea crossings.

Author: Cerebral Lemon