This video says about itself:
Drowning for Freedom: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 1)
17 March 2015
As Libya descends further into civil war and lawlessness, migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to journey to the country’s coast in search of smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe.
Search and rescue operations by Libya’s coast guard are restricted due to diminishing resources, and have to contend with dangerous gangs of armed traffickers.
Those rescued at sea by the coast guard are brought to detention centers, where they face deplorable conditions and are forced to remain for long periods of time. In some instances, migrants are detained by militias in unofficial prisons outside of government control.
In part one of a three-part series, VICE News is given access to chilling footage filmed by the Libyan coast guard, who have witnessed an influx of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, recovering hundreds of bodies of those who’ve drowned on their journey to Europe.
These two videos are the sequels.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Libyans attack, kill refugees
At about twenty kilometers from the Libyan coast a boat with refugees tonight was attacked by a ship which said it was Libyan coast guard. The private charity Sea Watch reports this. At least four refugees were killed, 15 to 25 people are still missing.
The drama took place while a ship of the rescue organization Sea Watch was trying to help the dinghy with refugees. The crew handed life jackets to the approximately 150 refugees when a ship appeared, which was, according to Sea Watch, Libyan coast guard.
The Libyans tried, according to Sea Watch, to steal the motor of the boat with refugees. They climbed aboard the boat and struck the refugees with batons. Panicked refugees jumped off the boat into the Mediterranean.
Sea Watch crew managed to rescue about 120 people from the water. Four people were dragged dead out of the water, while at least 15 and possibly 25 people remained in the sea.
It is unclear how the attack finished and whether it was indeed a Libyan coast guard ship.
There is not one government in Libya. There are several paramilitary groups claiming to be the government, killing each other and civilians. Possibly, several of these militias have their own ‘coast guard’.
Sea Watch is a German aid organization founded by private individuals and has been active since a year and a half with one ship in the Mediterranean. According to their own statement, Sea Watch this year has saved thousands of refugees.
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