Marseille, France – The ocean viking On Saturday, 196 migrants were rescued from Libya, the operator of the humanitarian ship said.
SOS Mediterranei said it lifted 57 people from the North African country in an inflatable dinghy struggling in international waters for the first time.
In the afternoon, the ship’s crew carried out two additional rescue operations in the same area, evacuating 54 people from a canoe and 64 others from a wooden ship.
In his latest operation, he saved 21 people with a wooden pot.
The total rescued includes at least two pregnant women and 33 minors, of whom 22 are alone.
According to the International Organization for Migration, at least 1,146 people died at sea trying to reach Europe during the first half of 2021.
SOS Mediterranei says it has rescued more than 30,000 people with the ship since February 2016 Aquarius, then with ocean viking.
SOS Mediterranee accused EU governments of neglecting coordinated search and rescue action to discourage migrants from attempting to cross from war-torn Libya, where they are often victims of organized crime and militia violence.
Libyan officials are also accused of forcibly returning intercepted ships to Libya, even when they are in European waters.
A report by the United Nations Human Rights Office in late May urged Libya and the European Union to change their rescue operations, saying existing policies protect the lives, safety and human rights of people attempting to cross Africa. Failed to prioritize.