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Salvini: No migrant deaths in Libya shores for 2 weeks because NGO ships are blocked

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, stated out via Twitter on Monday that no migrants death occurred in Libya shores during the past fifteen days, which he attributes to the fact that many NGO ships are blocked from leaving in a number of European ports.

Salvini tweeted a map showing, as of today, the locations of ships belonging to Sea Watch 3, Sea Eye, Open Arms, Lifeline and others, which have been blocked in Italian and Spanish ports.

“Map updated. Without ships of the NGOs in front of the shores of Libya, by chance, for 15 days, not even a boat left, and no one dies anymore. Coincidence ???” He tweeted.

Leaders of the European Union are facing criticism over their policies regarding the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

Two days ago, more than 40 organizations, including Oxfam, Human Rights Watch and Médecins Sans Frontières, have published a signed letter which claimed that EU leaders had “allowed themselves to become complicit in the tragedy unfolding before their eyes”.

The organisations urged leaders to end the return of migrants to Libya, support search and rescue operations and adopt timely and regular disembarking arrangements.

‘Complicit in tragedy’: EU urged to end migrant returns to Libya

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