Libya

More than a month since the search and rescue vessel Sea-Watch 4 was detained in Palermo, Italy, administrative blockages continue to prevent the vessel from returning to the central Mediterranean – said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today. The comments come as a legal appeal is lodged by Sea-...

Ilina Angelova was the humanitarian affairs officer for MSF on board the search and rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 in August and September 2020.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is to join Sea-Watch onboard the Sea-Watch 4, a new ship bound for lifesaving operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. The collaboration has been urgently established as European member states brazenly exploit COVID-19 as an excuse to further curtail search and...
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announces the resumption of life-saving search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean, and condemns the criminal inaction of European governments. The return to sea comes after a sustained two-year campaign by EU governments to stop...
More than a hundred people have reportedly died after a shipwreck off the Libyan coast one week ago, survivors told Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams working in Libya. A group of 2761 people, among them survivors of the shipwreck, were brought from the sea to the port...
On May 26, a healthy baby boy was born on board MV Aquarius, a search and rescue ship run in partnership between Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE. Baby Miracle was born in international waters at 3.45pm, with his mother rescued just days before on May 24 by an Italian navy vessel...
During the evening of May 23, between 5 to 6pm, more than one hundred refugees and migrants who had been kidnapped and held captive by human traffickers west of Bani Walid, Libya, managed to escape. They were shot at while attempting to flee, resulting in several casualties and 25 injured who were...
Dear European Governments, What migrants and refugees are living in Libya should shock the collective conscience of Europe’s citizens and elected leaders. Blinded by the single-minded goal of keeping people outside of Europe, European funding is helping to stop the boats from departing Libyan...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya. For more than a year, MSF has been providing medical care to people held inside Tripoli detention centres in conditions that are neither humane nor dignified. “...
Last Friday (11 August 2017), the Libyan authorities publically announced the establishment of a search and rescue (SAR) zone and restricted the access to humanitarian vessels into the international waters off the Libyan coasts. Immediately afterwards, the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination...
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