Since yesterday, the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been looking for a port in the Mediterranean to allow more than 400 rescued migrants to land.
The organization said it had conducted seven rescue operations in the central Mediterranean in the past two days. A total of 410 migrants were rescued from shaky or damaged boats. These include women, children and unaccompanied minors.
All immigrants have now boarded the Geo Barents, a MSF ship flying the Norwegian flag in the area. On Twitter, the organization called on people to disembark somewhere. “They have gone through a nerve-wracking journey, exhausted. Now let them get to a safe place.”
The organization stated that it has talked with several ports on the issue of disembarking migrants. MSF complained on Twitter: “After a 24-hour bureaucratic table tennis game, these people still have no solution.” “Immigrants are treated as dignified people, not chess pieces.”
Some rescue organizations are active in the central Mediterranean, mainly near the coast of Libya. From there, immigrants often venture across Europe in crowded boats. According to United Nations data, more than 670 migrants died this year while trying to reach the other side.
The DPA news agency wrote that the coast guards of Tunisia and Libya have conducted several rescue operations in recent days. Aid organizations worry about the fate of migrants brought to Libya, because they often face violence there.