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US A German NGO's boat with a hundred migrants on board is heading for Marseille

15:00  23 september  2020
15:00  23 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Une vue aérienne du vieux port de Marseille, en 2016. © Franck Dubray / ARCHIVES OUEST FRANCE An aerial view of the old port of Marseille, in 2016.

The NGO's Alan Kurdi boat German Sea-Eye, which rescued 133 migrants at sea on Saturday, is heading for the port of Marseille after seeing its attempts to reach the Italian coast fail, the NGO announced on Wednesday 23 September.

He is "compelled" by "the inaction of the Italian and German authorities" . The boat Alan Kurdi of the German NGO Sea-Eye, which rescued 133 migrants at sea on Saturday, is on its way to France and the port of Marseille , announced on Wednesday the leader of the NGO, Gorden Isler, in an release. The stopover in Marseille was scheduled for "to change the crew and prepare for a new intervention" in the eastern Mediterranean, said Sea-Eye, based in Regensburg, Bavaria ( Germany ).

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On Tuesday morning, the Italian coast guard evacuated two women, a man and five children, including a five-month-old baby, Sea-Eye said. She added on Twitter that 125 people are still on board today.

"We do not know how the French government will react"

Sea-Eye explains that until Tuesday evening, "no European rescue operations command post took care of the coordination for the people rescued who were find on the Alan Kurdi », the Italians referring in particular to Germany, country of origin of the NGO. This one renewed Tuesday evening its calls to the command posts of Italy, Malta, Germany and France as well as to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "but none answered" , underlines Sea- Eye. “We don't know how the French government will react to our request for help. However, we believe in the support of the French population and in the fact that ALAN KURDI will not be blocked in front of Marseille, ” writes Gordan Isler.

Recrudescence of boats in the central Mediterranean

The year 2020 is marked by an upsurge of boats in the central Mediterranean, the deadliest migratory route in the world for candidates for exile to Europe, mainly from Libya and neighboring Tunisia. Between the beginning of January and the end of July, crossing attempts from Libya increased by 91%, compared to the same period last year, representing 14,481 people having taken to sea. Those from Tunisia soared, with 10,174 people involved, an increase of 462%.

More than 300 migrants have perished this year attempting the crossing, but the figure could actually be much higher, estimates the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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