TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Beppe Caccia, a coordinator for Mediterranea Saving Humans, said the crew of the Alex performed the rescue Thursday after Italian authorities told them to stand down and let the Libyan coast guard handle it.
Groups that operate rescue ships on the Mediterranean Sea say neither the European Union nor the United Nations consider Libya a safe port.
Earlier Thursday, the U.N. migration agency reported that a boat from Libya carrying 86 migrants sank late Wednesday and left only three survivors.
The airstrike on a detention center near Tripoli killed at least 44 other migrants a day earlier.
Caccia said: "We're happy to have pulled them out of the hell that is Libya."