Auxiliary strike missions on the Mediterranean Sea because of the threat

Auxiliary strike missions on the Mediterranean Sea because of the threat

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After Doctors without Borders (Msf) also have response organisation Save the Children and Sea Watch decided the rescue mission for migrants on boats in the Mediterranean Sea to provisionally cease. The organisations feel threatened by the Libyan coast guard.

The Italian government, Libya on the Mediterranean Sea helps, accuses the organizations of the facilitation of human trafficking and supports the Libyan coast guard in its growing role in the blocking of the departing ships with migrants.

As a reason for the termination of the work called Save the Children Sunday, “the uncertainty that recent developments bring with them”. The ship Vos Hestia of the organization will leave “as soon as there are clear security guarantees.” Until that time, the ship will be mooring on the island of Malta.

Previously endangered, the influential Libyan general Khalifa Haftar ships off the coast of Libya. He gave the beginning of August, contract for vessels to send back as that, without the consent of his troops in the Libyan waters would enter.


Save the Children says “with deep regret” the decision to shutdown to have taken. “We feel the duty to ensure the safety of our team and the rescue mission to ensure before we can go on with the mission as our face. The safety of our staff and crew is paramount.”

Sea Watch founder Michael Busch Heuer let Facebook know that there is a “concrete threat” against aid organizations that are on the Mediterranean Sea are active.

Saturday took Msf already the same decision because the organisation thinks, “no longer safe doing the job now Libya violence threatens against ships of the international care services”.

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