The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid group said Saturday it was halting operations of its largest rescue ship for migrants in the Mediterranean after Libya barred foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast. “With NGOs more and more restricted in the Med & the #EU determined to trap people in #Libya, we’ve put the #Prudence on standby,” MSF said on Twitter. Libya’s navy this week ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal “search and rescue zone” for migrants headed for Europe.
6 October, 2015 Over 1,800 migrants rescued from six boats adrift off Libya Over 1,800 migrants were rescued Monday from six vessels found adrift in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya, Italy's coast guard said. A total of 1,830 people were brought ashore in six different operations to save passengers in four stricken boats and two rubber dinghies, the […]
22 August, 2015 3,000 migrants rescued off Italy in single day, tensions rise Italy's coastguard on Saturday successfully coordinated the rescue of around 3000 migrants in the Mediterranean after receiving distress calls from more than 20 overcrowded vessels drifting in waters off Libya. One of the biggest single-day rescue operations to date appeared to have been […]
14 September, 2015 EU backs military action against Med people smugglers EU member states approved on Monday plans for military action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, seizing and if necessary destroying boats to break up the networks operating out of Libya. "This important transition will enable the EU naval operation against human smugglers […]
10 August, 2017 Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone The Libyan navy on Thursday ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone" for migrants headed for Europe, a measure it said targeted NGOs. Six years since a revolution that toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya ha...