Anti-migrant ship ignores help from rescue activists
Anti-immigration activists whose boat was reported in trouble said Friday they had got their engines going again, after a migrant rescue ship said it had been dispatched to help. The C-Star, which has vowed to expose what it describes as “collaboration” between privately-funded rescue ships and people traffickers, said earlier on Twitter it had “developed a minor technical problem during the night”, leaving it adrift but not in distress. Germany’s Sea-Eye, one of nine NGOs involved in migrant search and rescue (SAR) operations and a target of the C-Star’s campaign, said it had been “asked by the MRCC (command centre in Rome) to assist the ship”.
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13 August, 2017 More NGOs follow MSF in suspending Mediterranean migrant rescues By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Two more aid groups have suspended migrant rescues in the Mediterranean, joining Doctors Without Borders, because they felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard. Save the Children and Germany's Sea Eye said on Sunday th...
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