More than 80 Migrants Rescued Near Libya: NGO

 More than 80 migrants were rescued, however, two died and three went during two sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Libya, an NGO said on Sunday.

The Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, charity has said an MSF’s vessel Geo Barents saved up over 60 people from a rubber boat in international waters near the coast of Libya. It also found a dead body while one of the migrants died soon after the rescue operation.

The Medecins Sans Frontieres said another 19 people were recused from a nearby abandoned Tunisian offshore oil platform. The migrants told the MSF staff that they swam on the Island after their boat developed some technical problem.

The charity added three people were left on the boat and were now missing.

Mediterranean Sea crossings from North Africa to Europe are among the world’s most dangerous migration routes. According to the International Organization for Migration almost 2,500 migrants died or went missing on those routes last year.

It said all the survivors are now recovering and being taken care on the Geo Barent. the MSF said, it had sought a permission for them to disembark at the closest place of safety.

Charity ships normally transfer rescued migrants to Italy, and the country’s right-wing government often assigns them to disembarkation ports that are very far, seeking several days of navigation to reach them.

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