The Libyan coast guard fired shots, threw objects and tried to ram a boat with on board about 60 migrants who were trying to reach Europe. Documenting what happened in the Maltese SAR area are the videos shot by the crew of the Seabird, the aircraft used by the German NGO Sea Watch to monitor the central Mediterranean
“Yesterday Seabird documented a violent attack of the so-called Libyan coast guard in the Maltese SAR zone ”, reads the tweet published today by Seawatch, in which comments on the aircraft and radio communications with the Libyan coast guard are also heard. “The videos made by our crew show the shooting, the dangerous maneuvers of the patrol boat and the throwing objects against people on board “.
Despite requests from the crew of the Seabird, who asked for the dangerous conduct to be stopped immediately, the Libyan coast guard continued its attempts to block the boat, endangering the lives of migrants.
“The 63 people on board managed to escape from the attack of the Ras Jadir patrol boat, donated by Italy, and to reach Lampedusa ”, reads another tweet from the NGO. “The violence to which they have been subjected is unacceptable and demonstrates the need to stop aid to the so-called Libyan coast guard”.
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