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Italy impounds migrant rescue ships

The Italian coastguard impounded two charity rescue boats at Palermo port citing “technical and operational” irregularities, which the owners denounc as an excuse to...

Libyan coastguard picks up migrants

Libya’s Coast Guard picked up 493 migrants on six inflatable boats in six operations in a week northeast and northwest of Tripoli. The migrants,...

Italian minister bars coastguard ship carrying migrants

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini did not allow an Italian coastguard vessel carrying migrants to dock until European Union countries agreed to take them in. The...

Migrants apparently forced off container ship

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Libyan authorities allegedly forcibly disembarked at least 79 migrants who refused to leave a cargo ship that rescued them before docking in...

Libyan Coast Guard migrant mission

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The Libyan Coast Guard picked up 315 migrants trying to reach Europe in three inflatable boats in the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman...

EU training for Libyan coastguard

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A further module has been added to the training provided by EU NavFor Med's Operation Sophia for the Libyan coastguard. The training package,...

Italy confirms patrol boat donation to Libya

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Italy's parliament has approved the donation of 12 patrol vessels to Libya to enhance its Coast Guard in dealing with the migrant...

Five hundred plus migrants picked up by Libya coastguard

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Libya's coastguard collected 574 migrants from inflatable boats in three operations off the North African country's coast, naval forces spokesman Ayoub Qassem...

Migrant charity files manslaughter complaint against Libya and cargo vessel

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Charity Proactiva Open Arms filed a complaint, including involuntary manslaughter, with the Spanish police against a cargo ship for failing to help...

Libyan coastguard in major migrant rescue

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Libyan coastguards picked up 948 African migrants on inflatable boats in several operations and recovered 10 bodies officials and a witness at...

Libyan coastguard commander admits hitting migrants

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A Libyan coastguard commander sanctioned by the United Nations for alleged human trafficking and migrant smuggling said he hits migrants but does...

Libyan coastguard recovers bodies

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Libyan coastguards recovered the bodies of five migrants and picked up 191 survivors off the coast west of Tripoli. Libya's western coast...

Migrants intercepted by Libyan coastguard

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Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted more than 500 migrants on four inflatable boats off the country's western coast and returned them to Libya,...

Migrant bodies received off Libya

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The Libyan coastguard recovered bodies of 11 migrants who died off Libya's western shore during an attempted crossing to Italy, a spokesman...

EU to step up Libyan coastguard training

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The European Union wants to rapidly expand training of the Libyan coastguard to stem migrant flows to Italy and reduce deaths at...

Libyan coastguard intercepts migrants on rubber boats

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The Libyan coastguard picked up 324 migrants trying to leave the North African country on board two rubber boats. Libya's western coastline is...

EU support for Libya coastguard is “inhuman” – UN human rights...

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The European Union's support for the Libyan coastguard is leading to arbitrary and indefinite imprisonment of migrants in "inhuman" conditions, the UN...

Libya coastguard intercepts migrants

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Libya's coastguard intercepted 299 migrants from sub-Saharan African countries on two rubber boats east of Tripoli, officials said. The migrants were intercepted...

Mediterranean migrants “lucky” to dodge Libya coastal clampdown

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Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week said they were lucky to dodge increased sea and police patrols that have reduced arrivals...

Thousand plus migrants turned back by Libya coastguard

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Libyan coastguard vessels intercepted 1,074 migrants during an intensive day of operations west of Tripoli, a spokesman said. There has been a...

Libyan coastguard rescues nearly 500

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Libya's coastguard rescued nearly 500 migrants at sea west of Tripoli on Tuesday, a spokesman said, underlining the challenge of trying to...

Migrants rescued by Libyan coastguard

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Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children offshore two different towns west of Tripoli, a spokesman said. The...

EU urges NGO/Libya coastguard co-operation

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EU interior ministers discussed ways of ensuring private rescue boats working off Libya liaise more closely with coastal authorities, amid concerns their...

EU effort to halt migrants flounders in Libyan chaos

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When Libya's coastguard received the first of a long-awaited batch of patrol boats from Italy last month, two of the four had...

More than two thousand Mediterranean migrants saved

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Rescuers saved around 2,300 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in the central Mediterranean on Thursday, but also recovered two dead bodies,...

Dozens drown as aid groups denounce Tripoli coastguard

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More than 30 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned when about 200 people without life jackets fell off a boat off the Libyan coast...

Libya Coastguard NGO vessel in altercation

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Libya's coastguard intercepted nearly 500 migrants on a wooden boat and returned them to Tripoli after warning off a ship preparing...

Libya coastguard clashes with suspected smugglers

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Four suspected migrant smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with coastguards off Libya's western coast, coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qasem said. He...

Italy rescues 2,500 boat migrants in three days

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Almost 2,500 boat migrants were rescued in the past three days, the Italian Coast Guard said, as this year's arrivals already outpace...

Libyan coastguard intercepts more than a thousand migrants

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Libya's coast guard intercepted at least 1,131 migrants near the western city of Sabratha over the course of a week, a spokesman...

Break in weather lets Italian coastguard rescue boat migrants

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Some 800 migrants were plucked from flimsy rubber boats on Thursday, Italy's coastguard said, as Libya-based people smugglers took advantage of a...

EU leaders seek more vessels for Libyan coastguard

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European Union leaders will on Thursday call for more vessels for the Libyan coastguard to help prevent migrants leaving for Europe, sources...

Italian coastguard rescues more than a thousand boat migrants

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More than 1,000 migrants were plucked from over-crowded boats and 16 bodies recovered in the past two days, Italy's coastguard said on...

Rescuers pick up body, save 298 in heavy seas

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Rescuers recovered a body and saved 298 people in the Mediterranean on Tuesday in poor weather conditions, a day after a rubber...

Training Libya coastguard can help cut migrant deaths

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Training Libya's coastguard to stop people smugglers and rescue boat migrants could help save lives and avoid incidents in which Libyan officials...

More than two thousand migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 16 bodies recovered

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About 2,200 migrants were plucked to safety in the central Mediterranean in 21 rescue missions on Monday and 16 bodies were recovered,...

More than four thousands boat migrants saved, 28 die trying to...

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More than 4,650 migrants were saved on Tuesday and 28 bodies recovered in more than 30 rescue missions off the Libyan coast,...

Rescuers pull 650 boat migrants to safety, find five corpses

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Rescuers pulled some 650 migrants to safety and recovered five dead bodies from boats in difficulty off the coast of Libya on...

Fifteen boat migrants die, 2,700 saved

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Fifteen bodies were recovered and more than 2,700 boat migrants rescued off the coast of Libya on Monday, the Italian coastguard said,...

Rescuers pull 1,725 migrants to safety from the Mediterranean

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Rescuers pulled 1,725 migrants to safety from boats in the Mediterranean on Thursday, Italy's coast guard said, as seaborne arrivals to Europe's...

Calm seas and Libya’s lawless state open doors for migrant flows

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Calmer seas and Libya's lawlessness have again opened the way for smugglers to ship thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean in days,...

Over six thousand migrants rescued from Mediterranean

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Some 6,500 migrants were saved off the Libyan coast in 40 separate rescue missions on Monday, the Italian coast guard said on...

Italy rescues more than three thousand migrants over weekend

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Italian coastguard and navy ships rescued over 3 300 migrants in 26 separate operations in the Mediterranean over the weekend, a spokesperson...

Libya coastguard intercepts 550 migrants

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The Libyan coastguard intercepted about 550 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa on Tuesday after they set out to cross the Mediterranean in four...