Dutch ship rescues refugees in Libya; now stuck at sea

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – A Dutch-flagged ship that rescued 32 migrants from a sinking boat near Libya is still looking for a harbor where the migrants may enter and be processed as possible refugees. The Dutch Justice and Security ministry is trying to help find a port for Sea-Watch 3, part of the German organization Sea-Watch.

The Netherlands said it is hopeful a country boarding the Mediterranean Sea will provide assistance. “We approached the Coast Guard of those countries and asked whether they could offer a safe haven,” a ministry spokesperson told AD. “A number of countries have reacted negatively and we are still waiting for answers from other countries.”

The 32 passengers includes six minors, one of which is a baby, and two others which are rather young. There are also four women on board.

The aid organization is hopeful the migrants will find a place to stay in keeping with the Christmas Spirit, Sea Watch spokesperson Jelle Goezinnen said in a statement sent to NL Times. Sea-Watch 3 has been unable to stop at a port for the past week.

NL Times


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