Daily Archives: Saturday, May 9, 2015

700-800 Bodies Believed To Be Inside 18 April Migrant Boat Wreck

MIGRANTS AT SEA

An Italian prosecutor on Friday said that “more than 700, maybe 800” bodies are contained within the wreckage of the migrant boat that sank 85 miles off the coast of Libya on 18 April. The boat has been located by the Italian Navy and an effort may be made to recover the bodies. It is at a depth of 375 metres. Fewer than 30 people were rescued at the time of the accident and only 24 bodies have been recovered so far.

Marina Militare / Italian Navy Marina Militare / Italian Navy – Image by underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV)

Marina Militare / Italian Navy Marina Militare / Italian Navy – sonar image

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Libyan Government (Tobruk) Will Not Support Proposed UN Security Council Authorisation of Use of Force Against Smuggler Boats

MIGRANTS AT SEA

Libyan UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi (representing the Libyan government based in Tobruk) told AP that Libya rejects the EU plan that may soon be considered by the Security Council to authorise the use of force to seize or destroy smugglers boats within Libya.

According to AP, the current Security Council president said that the Council expected that Libya would support the EU proposal, but Dabbashi said that his government “hasn’t even been consulted and rul[ed] out EU forces on Libyan soil ‘at this stage’. … ‘We will not accept any boots on the ground’.” Dabbashi also criticised expanded rescue operations: “He called the idea of deploying more boats to the waters off Libya to save migrants a ‘completely stupid decision’ because it would encourage even more migrants to come to his country, further burdening local authorities.”

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Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Daily News Stories 05/09/2015 (p.m.)

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Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Daily News Stories 05/09/2015 (a.m.)

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Daily International News Stories Round-up 05/09/2015

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Refugee Council Archive: Daily News Stories On Refugee and Forced Migration 05/09/2015

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