A thousand migrants were rescued in 48 hours off Libya by the coast guard, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on Saturday.
In a tweet, Safa Msehli, communications officer at the IOM office in Libya, said the migrants had left on several inflatable boats in the hope of reaching European shores.
Libya is an important crossing point for tens of thousands of migrants each year seeking to reach Europe via the Italian coasts, some 300 km away.
Despite the danger of the crossing, the departures of migrants from the Libyan coast have increased in recent months.
Since the start of the year, around 12,000 migrants have been intercepted at sea by the Libyan coast guard and returned to the country.
According to the IOM, there are now around 4,000 people in detention centers in Libya, while thousands more are missing.
The economic instability in Libya due to the health crisis, the lull in the fighting in Tripoli and the mild weather may explain the increase in attempted departures and dismissals in Libya.