“We leave behind a deadly gap in the Mediterranean”

German NGO halts refugee rescue operations off Libya

A German aid group said it was suspending its refugee rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea citing security concerns after Libya barred foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast. Sunday’s announcement comes a day after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it was halting the use of its largest boat in the area because of an “increasingly hostile environment for lifesaving rescue operations” of asylum seekers.


In a statement, the aid group Sea-Eye said it was with “a heavy heart” that it had decided to follow suit after the Libyan government’s “explicit threat against the private NGOs”.