Anti-refugee ship receives assistance from refugee rescue group

Anti-migrant ship Defend Europe rescued in Mediterranean after issuing distress call

Anti-migrant ship Defend Europe rescued in Mediterranean after issuing distress call

German aid group Sea Eye suspended its operations on Sunday, a day after Medicines Sans Frontiers halted the use of their largest rescue boat in the area due to an "increasingly hostile environment for lifesaving rescue operations".

"Even if they were 13 nautical miles away, they were still within the premise of Libyan search and rescue operations".

Ships manned by charities have played a growing role in rescues, picking up more than a third of all migrants brought ashore so far this year, compared with less than one percent in 2014. They also contend that if the Libyan coast guard blocks smugglers' boats, migrants will be returned to inhumane conditions, including beatings and forced labor, in Libyan detention centers.

The Defend Europe mission, crewed by "identitarian" right-wingers who are opposed to the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe, aims to observe the work of humanitarian organizations in the Mediterranean Sea, claiming that they collude with people-smugglers.

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That prompted Trump to reassure citizens of the U.S. territory that the American military was prepared to ensure their safety.

"In general, we do not reject (NGO) presence, but we demand from them more cooperation with the state of Libya. they should show more respect to the Libyan sovereignty", coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem told Reuters on Sunday.

MSF operates one rescue ship in the Mediterranean, the Prudence, now docked in the Sicilian port of Catania.

Sea Watch's founder, Michael Busch Heuer, announced it would suspend its rescue missions and accused Libya of issuing an "explicit threat" against NGOs in the area.

"We made two choices: that of taking away criminal earnings from traffickers - because fewer persons departing mean the traffickers earn less - and that of financing the United Nations agencies" working with refugees and migrants to "assure respect for human rights in the Libyan camps".

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Mr Lundberg, however, noted that in spite of the incident, UN's relationship of trust and collaboration with the government of Nigeria remained intact.

Libyan coastguard boats have repeatedly clashed with NGO vessels on the edge of Libyan waters, sometimes opening fire.

Italy has struggled with the wave of refugees and migrants arriving at its coast.

The Italian government announced earlier this month that it would deploy two military ships to Libya in an effort to deter illegal migration and human smuggling into Europe.

The chief prosecutor for the Sicilian port city of Catania, Carmelo Zuccaro, announced an investigation on April 25. Doctors Without Borders has refused to endorse the rules, while some other humanitarian groups have given their approval. Officials in Rome say NGOs not signing its code of conduct may be barred from Italian ports. "It would be absolutely unrealistic to ignore the seriousness of the challenge of irregular migration", Mr Salame said in August. Humanitarian groups warned that the move would expose migrants to more danger on an already treacherous journey.

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The US military has a huge footprint across south-east Asia and the Pacific, particularly in Japan and South Korea. However, the latest round of tensions firmly puts Guam at the center of a very specific and potent threat.

However, MSF warned that without rescue boats, many more migrants may die at sea.

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