German NGO rescues 44 stranded migrants off Libya’s coast

Migrants on a wooden boat are rescued by German NGO Jugend Rettet ship “Juventa” crew in the Mediterranean sea off Libya coast, June 18, 2017. [REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini]
A German rescue boat has picked up 44 people that were stranded off the Libyan coast.

The rescue comes a day after the same boat handed over 65 migrants to Malta.

The “Alan Kurdi” vessel operated by Sea-Eye rescued 44 migrants on Monday in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya.

Sea-Eye wrote on Twitter that the Maltese navy had aided the rescue attempt: “The Alan Kurdi has rescued 44 persons from a wooden boat in cooperation with Maltese authorities.”

The German rescue mission added: “A ship of the Maltese Navy is now on its way to take the people from the Alan Kurdi and bring them to Land.”

The Maltese authorities, however, have not confirmed their participation.

On Sunday, Malta agreed to take 65 migrants who had been saved by the Alan Kurdi after Italy refused to grant the ship entry to its ports.

Italy’s refusal to take in any migrants rescued by charities operating in the Mediterranean have strained relations between Rome and other EU countries.

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