MSF volunteers rescue 1400 migrants off Libya’s coast

Refugees and migrant wait to be rescued as their rubber boat sinks some eight nautical miles off Libya's Mediterranean coastline (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)
Refugees and migrant wait to be rescued as their rubber boat sinks some eight nautical miles off Libya’s Mediterranean coastline (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)

Doctors without Borders (MSF) saved over 1400 illegal migrants off the Libyan coast on Saturday.

“The migrants were boarding six dinghies and one rickety boat.” Italian coastguards reported as they gave a hand to the MSF volunteers in the wide sea.

They added that 797 migrants, 205 of whom were women and 22 were children, had been transported to the Italian Argos ship.

“Though most of the migrants are now in safe places where they live, we continue to feel great concern that by the end of 2016 the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe will be shockingly increased, especially those crossing through Libya.” MSF underscored.

It added that 2016 is actually considered bloodier for migrants crossing the ocean that 2015 has been.

“78 thousand migrants have been rescued between January and October 2016.” Frontex reported.

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