INTELLIGENCE REPORT SERIES 15/11/17

Issue 102 of the series reviews, analyses and threat assesses the fragile and conflict affected coastal states Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The Mediterranean migrant crisis, incidents affecting maritime security and influencing maritime news are also reported and analysed, focusing on the keys theatres of maritime instability. To read the report click here

Rescue ship brings 606 migrants to Italy

A rescue ship has docked in Sicily with 606 migrants picked up in less than two days off the Libyan coast. They are from about 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Aid group SOS Méditerranée says they include 241 children and 11 pregnant women. Many of the women from sub-Saharan Africa said they […]

Rescue ship says Libyan coast guard shot at and boarded it, seeking migrants

Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) – A Libyan coast guard vessel fired shots and boarded a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, demanding that the migrants on board be handed over to them, a spokesman for the Mission Lifeline charity said. “The Libyan man said: ‘This is our territory,’” said Axel Steier, a spokesman for […]

Violent Clashes Rage On in Libya's Sabratha

Tripoli — The western Libyan city of Sabratha has witnessed violent clashes for a week between rival armed groups, which have caused dozens of casualties and forced residents to flee their homes. Officials fear the violence might spread to nearby cities and towns, thus further complicating the worsening situation in the country. To continue reading, […]

Migrant crisis: EU to curb rubber boat sales to Libya

EU foreign ministers have agreed to restrict exports of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in a drive to curb the smuggling of migrants. The restrictions will not apply to legitimate Libyan businesses, such as fishing crews, an EU statement said. It is not clear how the EU will check that such exports do not […]

Migrants feared drowned off Morocco

Around 50 migrants are feared to have drowned in waters off the Moroccan coast, the Spanish coastguard has said. Rescue services managed to retrieve three “exhausted and disorientated” men from a half-sunk rubber dinghy near Spain’s Alboran Island. It is believed many more were originally on board. A coastguard spokeswoman said they had likely drowned, […]

Libya claims NGO boats in the Mediterranean are 'migrant taxis'

By Nick Squires Libya has accused NGOs operating in the Mediterranean of being complicit in the exodus of tens of thousands of migrants, claiming the humanitarian organisations are in direct contact with traffickers along the lawless coast of the North African country. Humanitarian groups such as Medecins Sans Frontieres vehemently denied the allegations, as the […]

Libyan coastguard opened fire at refugee boats: NGOs

Libyan coastguard officers opened fire on two boats loaded with refugees while rescue attempts were under way in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday, according to nongovernmental organisations involved in the operations. The Libyan coastguard has rejected the accusations and demanded evidence. But those at the scene told Al Jazeera that at around noon, as rescue workers from […]

Germany, Italy Push for EU Mission on Libya-Niger Border to Deter Migrants

Jamie Dettmer ROME —  The interior ministers of Germany and Italy are urging the European Union to set up a mission along Libya’s border with Niger in a bid to stop mainly African migrants from reaching Europe. In a letter to the European Commission, the ministers say that international efforts so far to curb the […]

Ferry service or humanitarian rescue boat: EU's Mediterranean dilemma

By Gabriela Baczynska A “ferry service” that encourages people smugglers or an essential humanitarian rescue service that saves thousands of African migrants making a dangerous sea crossing to Europe? This debate among EU officials about the role of aid groups in the Mediterranean highlights their dilemma between the moral and legal obligation of helping those […]