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MSF Sea Sep 21
“When I opened my eyes last night, I thought I was still dreaming. I said, 'If I am dreaming, please, I don't want to wake up: we cannot go back to that suffering.” - A mother of four children now onboard , who tried to escape from across the sea three times.
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MSF Sea Sep 21
UPDATE: 14 of those left onboard are small children. The youngest is just 8 days old: half her life has now been spent on a rescue ship. Many have been held in detention centers, exposed to violence & uncertainty. Europe, delaying their disembarkation is inhumane.
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MSF Sea Sep 19
BREAKING: 36 people have been rescued from a wooden boat in distress in intl. waters by & teams as darkness fell. This last operation was coordinated by Maltese maritime authorities & brings to 218 the total number of survivors onboard .
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MSF Sea Sep 20
UPDATE: has been instructed to transfer 35 people rescued in the Maltese rescue region yesterday to a Maltese military vessel. 182 survivors from other rescues -incl. a newborn, children & pregnant woman - remain stranded on board, with no place of assigned.
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MSF Sea Sep 18
BREAKING: the has just rescued 73 people, including women & children, from a very overcrowded rubber boat in distress. Several were soaked with fuel. The operation that took place 29NM off the coast of just before sunset could easily have turned critical.
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SOS MEDITERRANEE 6h
🔴BREAKING The competent Italian authorities have assigned as place of safety for the 182 survivors onboard the . We are relieved that for the second time in a week, Italy opens a port to people rescued in the Mediterranean.
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MSF Sea Sep 17
UPDATE: Another empty wreck of a rubber boat has just been spotted from the bridge of the ; adrift without an engine, in a sea of life-jackets. This is testimony to at least a third interception and forced return of people fleeing from in less than 24 hours.
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MSF Sea Sep 18
UPDATE: After requesting a place of safety, Libyan maritime authorities have assigned , for the disembarkation of the 109 men, women & children rescued on Tuesday. Libya is not a place of safety, as consistently stated by . requested an alternative
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MSF Sea Sep 17
BREAKING: In a 2nd operation today, & teams have just completed the rescue of a rubber boat in distress. Many of the 61 survivors are being treated by medics for fuel inhalation. This brings the total number of rescued people onboard to 109.
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SOS MEDITERRANEE 11h
UPDATE As a rescue is only complete once survivors are safely disembarked, we have just sent a new request for a Place of Safety to the competent maritime authorities for the 182 people onboard the . Men, women & children are suffering from severe weather conditions.
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Filippo Grandi Sep 14
A positive development: people rescued by the will be allowed ashore in . Hopefully this is a further step towards urgently needed, predictable disembarkation arrangements supported by a number of European countries.
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MSF Sea Sep 16
UPDATE: After disembarking 82 survivors to on Saturday night, and a nine-hour long Port State Control by Italian Coast Guard yesterday, the is now returning to the central sea: ready to resume lifesaving search & rescue operations.
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SOS MEDITERRANEE Sep 18
🔴BREAKING The rescued 73 more survivors from a tiny overcrowded dinghy, about 29 NM from the Libyan coasts. The team had to use a raft to mitigate the danger. The 182 survivors on board the must be promptly disembarked in a Place of Safety.
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MSF Sea Sep 14
BREAKING: The wait for the rescued people on board is over: 82 men, women & children are now being transfered by the Italian Coast Guard to . Fleeing from , surviving the deadly sea crossing, now they have finally reached a safe place
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MSF Sea Sep 13
BREAKING: The Italian authorities have just offered a Place of Safety. Six days since the first rescue, & are relieved that the 82 rescued people onboard will soon disembark in Lampedusa.
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AP Europe Sep 13
VIDEO: A pregnant migrant was airlifted to Malta, where she later gave birth. AP journalist is aboard the rescue ship in the Mediterranean. Read her reports here:
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SOS MEDITERRANEE Sep 13
🔴BREAKING The just received instruction from Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) of Rome to proceed to Lampedusa, Italy, which has been designated as Place of Safety for the 82 survivors rescued in two operations.
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MSF Sea Sep 17
Spotted by this morning, evidence of another likely interception by Libyan Coast Guard: a blue rubber boat, drifting without an engine, 70NM off the coast of . The only signs of people once onboard were the discarded clothes and empty water bottles left behind.
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MSF Sea Sep 12
🔴 82 vulnerable people on board are waiting to be assigned a Place of Safety: 58 men, 6 women, 17 minors & a 1 year old child. Who knows how many more people will lose their lives in the while member states deliberate their fate?
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Renata Brito Sep 10
Replying to @RenataBritoAP
What I witnessed last night was beyond words. If a 14m sailboat was swinging like this, I can’t imagine what a rubber boat with no working engine would look like. Against all odds the people rescued by were successfully transferred to the
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