The number of migrants risking the sea route from Libya to Italy has risen sharply, despite worsening weather conditions, with rescue teams saving over 4,900 people in the Mediterranean from Thursday to Sunday, the Italian coastguard said.
The majority of those who came into difficulty were rescued from lightweight dinghies, according to the coastguard.
The rescue missions were carried out by the Italian coastguard and marines, as well as the EU rescue mission, EUNAVFOR MED, and the charity, Doctors without Borders.
A total of 2,478 migrants and refugees travelled via boat to Italy in November, according to the International Organization for Migration. At its summer peak in June, the monthly tally reached 23,186.