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Rescue ship “Ocean Viking” rescues hundreds of Mediterranean migrants

L ‘Ocean Viking, The SOS Mediterranean Sea Rescue Ship, rescued 203 people during various rescue operations in recent days, Sunday evening, July 4, the voluntary organization announced on Twitter. In the first five activities on Thursday, TheOcean Thus, the Vikings rescued 203 people, including 67 minors – 49 who were traveling alone – a spokesman for SOS Méditerranée said.

Sunday afternoon, theOcean Viking Assisted 71 migrants at risk in a heavy-duty wooden boat in the Maltese search and rescue area.

Its residents were fleeing Libya, where they had left three days earlier, without any food or water, and were exhausted by the time of the rescue. “Four of them had to be taken off the boat on a stretcher.”, Said SOS Mediterranean. The rescued migrants come from Bangladesh, Libya, South Sudan, Egypt, Gambia, Tunisia and Syria.

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1 toThere is July, TheOcean Viking Saw five empty wooden boats, “Including two wooden boats that caught fire after the intervention of the Libyan Coast Guard.”, Added the voluntary charity. 1There is Never, TheOcean Viking In Sicily 236 migrants were rescued at sea. He spent several weeks on a dry dock in Naples, for shipping work, before resuming the sea from Marseille.

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The United Nations has recently called on Libya and the European Union to reform their search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, claiming that current practices rob migrants of their rights and dignity when they are not. .

Since the beginning of 2021, 866 migrants have died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). SOS Méditerranée says it has rescued more than 30,000 people since February 2016, firstAquarius, ThenOcean Viking.

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