Migrant rescue ship to end operations
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.