Libya Navy spokesman Qassem now says: ““The guards shot in the air to warn them but because our boat is small and was swaying due to heavy waves there might have been a hit to their boat. I confirm that it was not directly targeted.”
By Erwin Cifuentes
The Libyan navy on 17 August fired shots against a rescue boat run by Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF), which they mistook for oil smugglers, according to the Libyan Gazette on Wednesday.
“The boat was spotted in international waters and it’s known to be an oil smuggling route, so that’s why our coastal guards had to intercept it but the crew tried to flee to the north,” said Libya navy spokesperson Ayoub Qassem on Tuesday.
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Security and Risk Report 15/03/23
MAST’s security report issue 365 is available to read now. In the Gulf of Guinea, two incidents have been reported in the period observed. Nigeria’s