102 migrants rescued off coast of Libya by German army vessel

102 migrants rescued off coast of Libya by German army vessel

- Germany’s Defence ministry said that another 102 migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya by a German army vessel.

- The illegal migrants rescued include 84 men, two women, 15 children and a baby

- Turkish state media also reported that about 70 migrants trying to reach Europe by sea got stranded on a rocky outcrop in Turkey

A total of 84 men, two women, 15 children and a baby from a vessel off the Libyan coast were rescued from the the Mediterranean, on Thursday, December 14, by a German vessel, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Germany's Defence ministry said that the migrants were rescued by the Bundeswehr ship, part of an EU mission dubbed “Sophia”.

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The rescued illegal migrants were taken to Messina in Sicily, while their vessel sank.

In a separate but related development, about 70 migrants trying to reach Europe by sea got stranded on a rocky outcrop in the Aegean Sea, and needed rescuing by helicopter.

The report stated that four children were among about 68 migrants, who had tried to reach the Greek islands from Turkey in an inflatable boat.

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The stranded migrants were later rescued by helicopter back to the Turkish mainland.

NAIJ.com previously reported that global advocacy group, Amnesty International (AI), accused European governments of aiding human rights violations in Libya.

Amnesty International’s head for Europe, John Dalhuisen, told Reuters that the European governments often work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants.

According to him, the governments, via the European Union, have provided support to Libya, trained its coastguard and spent millions of euros through UN agencies in order to cut African immigration across the Mediterranean.

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