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 […]

Three NGOs halt Mediterranean migrant rescues after Libyan hostility

MSF, Save the Children and Germany’s Sea Eye suspend operations after repeated clashes with Libyan coastguard vessels Jon Henley in London and Angela Giuffrida in Rome Three NGOs have suspended migrant rescues in the Mediterranean because of the increasingly hostile stance of the Libyan authorities and coastguard. Save the Children and Germany’s Sea Eye have joined Médecins sans Frontières […]

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 […]

4 Save the Children staff kidnapped in central Somalia

By Mohammed Dhaysane Four Save the Children staff members, including three Somali aid workers have been kidnapped in Somalia’s central Hiran region by suspected al-Shabaab militants, a government official said on Friday. The incident took place in Hujun village on the outskirts of Beledweyne, the capital of Hiran region, while the aid workers were traveling […]

Another 1,400 refugees rescued off coast of Libya

Italy’s coast guard says it has coordinated the rescue of about 1,400 refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean. The coast guard said it had coordinated rescue operations off the Libyan coast earlier on Tuesday as hundreds were in desperate need of help on 11 overcrowded boats. It also said seven bodies were recovered from a rubber […]