Thursday, May 11, 2017
German Rescue Boat Confronts Libyan Coast Guard Ship After Intercepting A Refugee Boat
VOA: Libyan Coast Guard Has Dangerous Encounter with German Rescue Boat
A Libyan Coast Guard ship picked up more than 350 migrants at sea Wednesday after a potentially deadly encounter with a German rescue boat.
No casualties were reported, and all the migrants rescued off the coastal city of Sabratha are safely back in Tripoli.
A Libyan navy spokesman said the migrants were packed on a wooden boat. As the Coast Guard vessel approached, another boat from the German rescue group Sea Watch came dangerously close to ramming the Libyan ship.
Sea Watch was apparently attempting to drive off the Libyans, saying it is unsafe for the migrants to be taken back to Tripoli.
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WNU Editor: If this confrontation occurred in Libyan waters .... Sea Watch is in the wrong. The speed at which this German rescue boat showed up off the coastal Libyan city of Sabratha also makes me wonder if there is some truth to claims that some of these NGOs are coordinating with the smugglers.
More News On Wednesday's Confrontation Between A German Rescue Boat And A Libyan Coast Guard Ship
Libya intercepts almost 500 migrants after sea duel -- AFP
Libya turns back nearly 500 migrants after near-collision with NGO ship -- Malta Today
Libyan navy, SeaWatch rescue boat clash at sea over migrants -- Africa Watch
Thousands of African migrants being detained in Libya -- The New Arab