The bodies of at least 25 migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe were found near Tripoli.
The Libyan Red Crescent said some of the corpses were washed ashore on a beach near the Libyan capital, but most were on rocks off the suburb of Tajoura in a state of decomposition
The onset of warm weather has seen a surge in migrants boarding boats for the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, putting pressure on rescue services.
Italy’s coastguard said more than 8,000 migrants had been rescued off the coast of Libya in a 48-hour period. Its Libyan counterpart said it had rescued 147 migrants, including 19 women and four children, off the western town of Sabratha
Libyan navy spokesman General Ayoub Qassem said most were young people from Cameroon, Sudan, Mali and Senegal
They were found crammed aboard a makeshift rubber dinghy. The coastguard moved them one by one onto a rescue vessel. Once on board, the migrants remained silent, tired and visibly disappointed at not reaching their destination.