Libyans 'threatened' Med migrant aid boat Golfo Azzurro

A Spanish migrant aid group is deciding whether to continue its Mediterranean rescue mission after it said its boat was targeted by Libya’s coastguard. Proactiva Open Arms, one of three groups still operating off Libya, said its boat was in international waters when it was told to head to port in Libya or come under […]

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 has become a key departure point for migrants risking their lives to cross the […]

Over 8,000 migrants rescued in waters off Libya

More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions, Italy’s coastguard said Tuesday. “On Monday, we rescued about 5,000 people from four large boats, one smaller one and 18 rubber dinghies,” a spokesman told AFP. People were pulled to safety by coastguard vessels, military ships operating […]

Tanker reportedly sank in Gulf of Aden

STEPAN KOTCHERGA June 26: Product tanker RAMA 2 reportedly issued distress signal and sank on June 26 in Gulf of Aden, in vicinity 13 50N 055 53E, some 130 nm northeast of easternmost Socotra tip. Vessel said to develop a list prior to sinking, while en route to Al Hamriya, UAE from Mogadishu. SAR launched […]

Libyan Coast Guard Faces Allegations of Corruption

talian coast guard officials report that maritime migration is increasing on the Libya-to-Europe route, driven by deteriorating living conditions on the ground and concerns that the route may soon be closed by toughened EU border enforcement policies. Thanks to crowded boats and rough winter weather, fatalities rose to an average of 15 per day over the past […]

6,000 rescued between Libya and Italy in last few days

Sligo doctor assists with rescue of 946 migrants, a record for Médecins Sans Frontières vessel Tim O’Brien Six thousand migrants have been rescued in the central Mediterranean Sea – between North Africa and Italy – in the last few days, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. Those seeking to reach Europe by […]

Spain coast guard rescues 257 migrants trying to cross Mediterranean

The Spanish coast guard rescued 257 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Morocco in inflatable dinghies in an “intense weekend,” they said Monday, February 27, according to AFP. Sunday evening was particularly difficult with five boats carrying 210 people from sub-Saharan Africa rescued, while the remaining 47 were recovered from their dinghies […]

Inside the Deadly Pirate Corridor Where Migrants Escape to Europe

EU policy has stagnated while illegal migrant routes proliferate. by Michael Scott Moore Ahmed was 23 when he left his village near Kismayo, on the southern coast of Somalia, because of a grinding lack of work. He travelled for 18 days across the dry Somali scrub, swaying on top of long-distance trucks, until he reached […]

More rescue boats, more migrants drowning in the Med

Natalie Huet Europe has been sending more rescue vessels to prevent migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean. Yet the number of people dying en route from Libya to Italy has hit a record high, as smugglers pack ever more people onto unseaworthy boats. It’s a “sad paradox” and the trend is unlikely to change this […]

One thousand boat migrants rescued, one found dead in Mediterranean

Some 1,000 migrants were saved from leaky boats in the central Mediterranean on Friday and one person was found dead, Italy’s coast guard said. An Italian coast guard ship, the Spanish humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms and a Caribbean-registered supply vessel went to the aid of six rubber dinghies and three wooden vessels. To continue […]