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'Stop! Go back!' - Libyan coastguard board migrant rescue ship

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 00:56

Libyan coastguard fired warning shots near a Mission Lifeline humanitarian ship and boarded it in a search for migrants, according to a spokesman for the charity. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A Libyan coast guard vessel fired warning shots and boarded a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday (September 26), demanding that the migrants on board be handed over to them, a spokesman for the Mission Lifeline charity said. Axel Steier, a spokesman for the German-based charity that performed its first rescues on Tuesday said the Libyan coast guard fired shots into the air as they approached. No one was injured. Afterward two Libyans boarded the Lifeline ship to try to persuade them to hand over some 70 migrants they had just taken off a wooden boat in international waters. A Libyan coast guard spokesman in Tripoli declined to comment, saying he was seeking information. Italy's coast guard, which coordinates rescues, also declined to comment. It was the latest incident reported between the Libyan coast guard and humanitarian rescue ships operating off North Africa. Financed, trained and equipped by Italy, the Tripoli-based coast guard is intercepting a growing number of migrant boats.

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'Stop! Go back!' - Libyan coastguard board migrant rescue ship

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 00:56