Libya's coast guard fired warning shots over a humanitarian vessel as it attempted to rescue a rubber boat carrying migrants off Libya's coast over the weekend, sea rescue group, SOS Mediterranee, said.
This morning, @SOSMedIntl crew was threatened by guns by the EU-sponsored Libyan coastguard: #OceanViking was alerted to a rubber boat in distress in intl. waters off Libya by @alarm_phone. Patrol vessel 656 approached dangerously close, threatening the crew & shooting in the air pic.twitter.com/m1aKolRmjV
— SOS MEDITERRANEE (@SOSMedIntl) March 25, 2023
Charities, SOS Mediterranee and Sea-Watch, accused Libya's coast guard of firing gun shots and deliberately endangering the crew of SOS Mediterranee's Ocean Viking search and rescue vessel, as well as persons in distress in the Central Mediterranean, AP reports.
The Libyan coast guard went on to return some 80 Europe-bound migrants to Libyan soil, according to SOS Mediterranee.
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