Aid groups deny rescue ships in Mediterranean are abetting migrant smugglers

By Yannis Behrakis and Steve Scherer
Aid groups operating rescue ships in the Mediterranean have rejected suspicions raised by an Italian prosecutor that by saving tens of thousands of migrants they are effectively aiding Libya-based people smugglers.
On Tuesday, humanitarian vessels brought in almost 1,200 migrants picked up in previous days to ports in Sicily, while the Golfo Azzurro, an NGO ship, sped toward more boats that had left Libya possibly packed with migrants and refugees.
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