Over the weekend, NGO migrant ferry Ocean Viking picked up 50 more illegal migrants off the Libyan coast.
The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking is jointly operated by the NGOs SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Of the 50 migrants that were picked up by the ship, 37 are said to be military-aged men. All are from sub-Saharan African.
The pick-up is said to have occurred around 26 kilometers from the Libyan coast, in what’s known as the Search and Rescue (SAR) zone, about 14 hours after the ‘Ocean Viking as well as Libyan, Italian and Maltese authorities, the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR and Moonbird, a humanitarian observation plane, received an email by migrant emergency hotline Alarm Phone,’ Info Migrants reports.
The email reportedly called for help for the rubber dinghy without a working engine which had 50 people on board.
Libyan coast guard and other government agencies were nowhere to be seen. According to an AP journalist who was on board the Ocean Viking, all attempts to establish contact with the Libyan Joint Rescue and Coordination Center were unsuccessful.
The Ocean Viking has since made requests to Italian, Maltese, and Libyan governments for permission to disembark the illegal migrants.
With Italy’s new anti-European, pro-globalist government, its acting Interior Minister will likely allow the ship to offload the migrants at one of the country’s ports.
As Voice of Europe reported on last week, there are now a total of ten NGO migrant transport vessels conducting operations in the Mediterranean Sea.
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