The Mediterranean is increasingly becoming a sea of death. Since 2014 more than 10,000 people drowned in it. Doctors Without Borders repeatedly rescues hundreds of refugees from death off the Libyan coast.
Doctors Without Borders says "hostility" from Libya has forced it to suspend offshore rescues of boat migrants by its ship, Prudence. Libya recently told non-governmental groups to stay away.
German aid group Sea-Eye has announced it will suspend migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean. The announcement comes a day after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) took a similar decision citing security concerns.
Civilian sea rescuers have been threatened with weapons while trying to help refugees. World Humanitarian Day is particularly difficult to mark this year, writes Volker Westerbarkey from Doctors Without Borders.
A German rescue organization has been sent to assist a vessel operated by a group of anti-immigration Identitarians in the Mediterranean Sea. When the NGO arrived, however, the other ship refused assistance.
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