Malta refutes NGO claims that boat with migrants capsized in Maltese SAR Area

Malta refutes NGO claims that boat with migrants capsized in Maltese SAR Area

April 13, 2020 - 15:46
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Malta has denied allegations that a boat carrying dozens of migrants had sunk in Malta’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Area.

In a telephone contact with The Libya Observer, Maltese Ambassador to Libya, Charles Saliba, said that these allegations are baseless.

At least 80 migrants on board a rubber dinghy went missing after it set sail from Libya to Italy.

Alarm Phone, a migrant rescue NGO, claimed that the migrants sank in Malta’s Search and Rescue Area.

Ambassador Saliba said that Alarm Phone maintains regular contact with those who utilize human trafficking services.

“This is not the first time it makes such inaccurate information,” he added.

The Maltese authorities rescued on Friday a boat with 67 migrants placed in quarantine over COVID-19 concerns.