There are over ten NGO-run boats patrolling the coast of Libya to help thousands of refugees. But Frontex, the European border control and coast guard agency, thinks they are playing into the hands of smugglers.
Illegal border crossings have continued to drop, putting this year's rate on track to be the lowest since 2013, Frontex has said. Despite this, an EU dispute over the arrivals continues to feed anti-migrant sentiment.
A German rescue plane has resumed flights in the central Mediterranean. Counting the number of dead refugees found in the sea is becoming increasingly difficult. Ylenia Gostoli joins a flight.
The threat comes amid a standoff with Malta over the fate of 177 migrants rescued by Italy in Maltese waters. Returning migrants to an "unsafe" Libya could pose legal troubles for Rome.
After spending days on the rescue ship Aquarius, a group of 58 migrants was transferred to a Maltese patrol boat and taken on the island. The charity-run ship is keeping out of port after losing its Panama registration.
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