Updated (1): Watch: 40 migrants brought to Malta

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) have rescued 45 immigrants and brought them to Malta. This was confirmed by a spokesperson for the AFM.

Earlier today, a spokesperson for AFM informed Newsbook.com.mt that AFM assets were on route to the location of a group of migrants in distress within Malta’s Search and Rescue zone.

The news came following the earlier tweets from Alarmphone that around 32 migrants were in distress and in need of rescue.

The migrant assistance NGO Alarm Phone had been calling for the immediate rescue of 32 people in distress within the Maltese Search and Rescue Zone.

The NGO had said that there were 7 children and 2 pregnant women among those on board with the authorities having been contacted and not taken action to save them.

They claimed that the Maltese authorities had not given out any details regarding a possible rescue.

The situation at sea follows a similar call made by the NGO for the rescue of over 50 migrants in distress off the coast of Libya last Saturday.

The United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR had allegedly told the asylum seekers that help was on the way.

Over 50 asylum seekers in distress off coast of Libya