Mi­grant res­cue ship to end op­er­a­tions

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The search and res­cue ship Aquar­ius, which saved mi­grants in the Mediter­ranean, has ended op­er­a­tions, said Médecins Sans Fron­tières, which runs the ship.

The char­ity and its partner SOS Mediter­ranée said they had been forced to stop sail­ings by a “smear cam­paign” by Euro­pean gov­ern­ments. The ship has been blocked at the port of Mar­seilles since it lost its Pana­ma­nian reg­is­tra­tion in Septem­ber.

The Aquar­ius was the last char­ity res­cue ship op­er­at­ing off Libya. “Not only has Europe failed to pro­vide search and res­cue ca­pac­ity, it has also sab­o­taged oth­ers’ at­tempts to save lives,” Vickie Hawkins of MSF UK said in a state­ment.

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