Ocean Viking Ship Rescues Nearly 200 Migrants Off Libya
Marseille, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Aug, 2021 ) :The Ocean Viking on Saturday rescued 196 migrants off Libya, the humanitarian ship's operator said.
It first picked up 57 people in an inflatable dinghy struggling in international waters off the North African country, SOS Mediterranee said.
In their latest operation, they saved 21 people from a wooden vessel.
The total rescued included at least two pregnant women and 33 minors, 22 of them unaccompanied.
SOS Mediterranee accuses European Union governments of neglecting coordinated search-and-rescue action to discourage migrants from attempting the crossing from war-torn Libya, where they are often victims of organised crime and militia violence.
Libyan authorities are also accused of forcibly returning intercepted ships to Libya, even when they are in European waters.
A UN Human Rights Office report in late May urged Libya and the EU to overhaul their rescue operations, saying existing policies "fail to prioritise the lives, safety and human rights" of people attempting to cross from Africa.