Save the Children suspends operations off Libya coast

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Save the Children suspends operations off Libya coast

August 15, 2017 - 17:02
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Save the Children has become the third NGO to suspend its migrant ferrying operations in the Mediterranean after Tripoli confirmed it would be blocking its waters to foreign ‘Search and Rescue’ (SAR) boats.

The announcement came Sunday that its ship, the Vos Hestia, would remain on “standby” whilst it suspends operations along the Central Mediterranean migrant route between North Africa and Italy.

Citing “safety and security assurances”, Save the Children joins the German Sea-Eye and French Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) who ceased ferrying migrants to Europe over the weekend.