US News More than 700 migrants rescued during the weekend in the Mediterranean

10:55  02 august  2021
10:55  02 august  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le navire de sauvetage humanitaire Ocean Viking, affrété par l'ONG SOS Méditerranée. © AFP - Giovanni Isino The Humanitarian Rescue Ship Ocean Viking, chartered by the NGO SOS Mediterranean.

More than 700 people have been rescued throughout this central Mediterranean weekend, especially off Malta and Libya. This summer, the number of deaths beats records in this maritime zone.

Since Saturday, six rescues have been made in international waters, the last, Sunday afternoon, has helped help 106 people in a boat overloaded off Malta, has announced the European NGO SOS Mediterranean. The distress boat was spotted by the vessel of the German NGO Sea-Watch.

This operation occurred only a few hours after the Ocean Viking and the Sea-Watch and the German RESQShip's NGO had come into help on Saturday to Sunday at more than 400 people in the Central Mediterranean . This rescue operation, explains Sophie Beau, Director of the SOS Mediterranean Association, attached by Sylvie Koffi, was "very critical because there was a boat in distress with 400 people on board that threatened to flow. The survivors were then distributed on the SEA-Watch3 and the Ocean Viking to receive care.

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Since Saturday, Ocean Viking is at its sixth relief operation. The ship that had already collected 196 people during various rescues off the Libya on Saturday, now accounts for 555 survivors with both Sunday operations. "In total, we have 555 people who have been rescued by the Ocean Viking teams that are on board, safely, but in a state of very great fatigue, or even exhaustion.

Among them are 22 nationalities from Bangladesh, West and Central Africa, at least 28 women, two of whom are pregnant, and 81 minors, including 66 unaccompanied. It is not yet determined in which "safe" port these people will be able to disembark.

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Despite persistent insecurity, Libya remains an important point of passage for tens of thousands of migrants looking every year to gain Europe by the Italian coast, some 300 km from the Libyan coast.

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 More than 400 new rescued migrants in central Mediterranean © Copyright 2021, Obs More than 400 migrants aboard a wooden boat were rescued by three NGOs in the central Mediterranean on the night from Saturday to Sunday. Nearly 600 the number of people collected during the weekend, SOS Mediterranean announced. "The rescue in international waters has been dangerous, the large wooden boat in which more than 400 people were taking the water," explained a spokesman for the European NGO SOS Mediterranean Caferer From Ocean Viking, Sea Relief Ship .

"If we look at the central Mediterranean [the most murrent maritime migration road in the world, which connects Libya to Italy or Malta, NDLR], last year, they are less than 50,000 people who arrive, had -The underscored. It is totally manageable in terms of the European population and given the number of people uprooted around the world, which has reached 82 million people, "spokesperson.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the departures of migrants, interceptions and arrivals in the central Mediterranean are increasing this year. At least 1,113 people died in the Mediterranean in the first half of 2021 trying to reach Europe.

SOS Mediterranean ensures that have rescued more than 34,000 people since February 2016, first with the Aquarius, then with the Ocean Viking.

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