Libyan gunmen drive Doctors Without Borders refugee rescuers away

This video says about itself:

On August 26 [2015], a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescue ship, the Bourbon Argos, completed two rescue operations, saving some 800 refugees from smugglers’ boats in the Mediterranean Sea. The first boat was a large wooden fishing boat in distress with approximately 650 people on board; the second was a rubber boat first spotted by a Tunisian fishing vessel, carrying about 150 people. After the rescues, the Bourbon Argos began its journey with around 800 people, most of them from Syria, along with people from Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon, Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, towards the port of Vibo Valentia in Italy.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) leaves the Libyan coast for the time being

Today, 18:52

MSF’s ship Prudence no longer sails near Libya to rescue migrants. MSF said to have decided that because they said the Libyan coastguard is hostile to humanitarian organizations sailing near the coast of Libya.

Which Libyan coastguard? There are at least three governments in Libya, all with their own gunmen killing each other and civilians.

MSF says the Libyan authorities want to set up their own coastal rescue zone, which will continue into international waters. Libya would like to stop the presence of foreign ships.

Code of Conduct

The Libyan attitude worries MSF, among other things, because it makes the fate of the migrants still more uncertain. According to witnesses, the Libyan coastguard often abuses boat migrants. In addition, the migrants are brought back to Libya against their will.

Back to Libya, where they will be locked up in torture jails and be subject to sexual abuse.

The organization is also concerned about the cooperation of the Italian and Libyan coastguards. …

Recently, a ship from the organization Jugend Rettet was chained in Sicily because it was said to have collaborated with Libyan smugglers to pick up migrants. Italy demanded from all organizations that they would sign a code of conduct to counteract such practices. Jugend Rettet and Doctors Without Borders have refused that.

UPDATE: Rescue organisations Sea Eye and Save the Children have done the same as MSF.

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