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US News 250 migrants rescued in three days in the Mediterranean, around twenty missing

23:15  28 february  2021
23:15  28 february  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

At the Mexican border, the feverish wait for migrants to enter the United States legally

 At the Mexican border, the feverish wait for migrants to enter the United States legally © Provided by Le Point U n first group of asylum seekers crossed the United States border on Friday as part of the reforms immigration officials from President Joe Biden, while hundreds of others nervously await in Mexico permission to enter US soil. A group of 25 people crossed the California border to be taken to a hotel, said an official on condition of anonymity at a San Diego-based shelter.

Up to 250 migrants are feared drowned after two refugee boats sunk in the Mediterranean Sea, the United Nations has said. A baby was among the bodies washed up on beaches in Libya following the latest disasters, which push the record death toll above 1,300 so far in 2017. The International Criminal Court is collecting information on the imprisonment of an estimated 20 ,000 migrants and their treatment, amid reports of "slave markets". Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council her office was investigating "serious and widespread crimes allegedly committed against migrants

283 migrants aboard three boats were rescued by the German warship Schleswig-Holstein at few miles from the Libyan coast and landed in the port of Augusta in Sicily, while 40 are missing or dead according to the testimonies of survivors. 15 August. 49 migrants killed by fumes while packed into Only two people survived the second wreck, and again around 120 deaths were reported.[37] Another one hundred people are believed to have drowned off the coast when their boat sank after they were abandoned off Libya without a motor on 17 November. Twenty -seven survivors have been

Le navire «Sea-Watch 3» en 2019. © Supplied by Liberation The “Sea-Watch 3” ship in 2019.

Around a hundred migrants trying to reach Europe by sea were rescued this Sunday off the west coast of Libya. The Libyan Navy Coast Guard came to the rescue of the castaways and brought them back to the Tripoli naval base. A team from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) took care of them when they arrived. Among them, six women and two children. Most of them are from Cameroon, Sudan and Mali, according to an IOM representative there. Two of the survivors who were in critical condition were taken to a hospital in the capital.

About twenty passengers of this boat are missing. " In most cases, there are few operations carried out to recover ," said IOM spokesperson in Geneva, Safa Msehli. "Seeing bodies washed up by the sea on the beaches is now commonplace", deplores the association manager.

Twenty-six years later, an avenue in Marseille for Ibrahim Ali

 Twenty-six years later, an avenue in Marseille for Ibrahim Ali © Patrick Gherdoussi In the 15th arrondissement of Marseille, during the inauguration of avenue Ibrahim-Ali this Sunday. On Google Maps, searching for avenue des Aygalades no longer leads to anything. It is however there that, for a quarter of a century, the relatives and neighbors of Ibrahim Ali, killed at the age of 17 by a bullet in the back by poster staples of the National Front on February 21, 1995 , unite.

More than 250 African migrants were feared drowned in the Mediterranean Thursday after a charity's rescue boat found five corpses close to two sinking rubber dinghies off Libya. The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was "deeply alarmed" after the Golfo Azzuro, a boat operated by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, reported the recovery of the bodies close to the drifting, partially-submerged dinghies, 15 miles off the Libyan coast. "We don't think there can be any other explanation than that these dinghies would have been full of people," Proactiva spokeswoman Laura Lanuza told AFP.

The migrants were soon transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, which had alerted the NGO to the whereabouts of the migrants . Proactiva Open Arms was founded in 2015 to respond to the migration crisis in Mediterranean . Lanuza says its single rescue ship, a converted fishing boat, has rescued Police in the capital Canberra confirmed they had spoken to a woman in April 2019 over the alleged incident though she chose not to make a formal complaint at that time. Ms Higgins, who worked as a media advisor to then Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds, says she had not been encouraged

This is the third major rescue in recent days in the Mediterranean. On Saturday morning, the Sea-Watch organization took in 102 migrants crammed into an inflatable boat in distress as part of rescue operations carried out by its ship, the Sea-Watch 3. And the day before, it had already rescued 45 migrants, including 15 minors, who tried to reach Europe by sea. All are safe and sound. The SOS Mediterranean organization, based in Marseille, reported in early February that more than 400 people had been rescued aboard , its ambulance ship, the Ocean Viking .

Libyan instability

More than 1,200 migrants perished in 2020 in the Mediterranean, according to IOM, and at least 3,700 men, women and children were intercepted and brought back to Libya. "Most of them have been transferred to detention centers whose conditions keep worsening," according to the same source. UN agencies and NGOs regularly denounce the return to Libya of migrants intercepted at sea and denounce the deplorable conditions in detention centers.

A new authority supposed to unify Libya was put in place at the beginning of February, pending elections scheduled for next December. A settlement of the conflict appears essential to prevent migratory tragedies.

Spain. More than 100 migrants rescued off the Canary Islands .
© EPA-EFE / JAVIER FUENTES Migrants arriving at the port of Arrecife on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, on March 3, 2021. Illustrative photo. The Coast Guard rescued several boats off the island of Tenerife and Gran Canaria on Saturday and Sunday. 107 migrants were taken care of. The Spanish coastguards announced on Sunday that they had rescued 107 migrants this weekend on board boats off the coast of the Canaries.

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