More NGOs sus­pend res­cue op­er­a­tions in the Mediter­ranean

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

Two more aid groups have sus­pended mi­grant res­cues in the Mediter­ranean, join­ing Doc­tors With­out Borders, be­cause they felt threat­ened by the Libyan coast­guard.

Save the Chil­dren and Ger­many’s Sea Eye said on Sun­day their crews could no longer work safely be­cause of the hos­tile stance of the Libyan au­thor­i­ties. Doc­tors With­out Borders - or Medecins sans Fron­tieres cited the same con­cern when it said on Sat­ur­day it would halt Mediter­ranean op­er­a­tions. “We leave a deadly gap in the Mediter­ranean,” Sea Eye’s founder Michael Busch Heuer warned on Face­book, adding that Libya had is­sued an “ex­plicit threat” against non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing in the area around its coast.

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