Libyan Navy warns NGOs’ not to sail into Libyan waters

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The Libyan Navy and Coast Guard have warned NGOs not to enter the country’s territorial waters or even operate close to the Libyan coastguards.

In a statement, the Libyan Navy warned that the NGOs should not be operating in Libyan waters to lure the migrants in coordination with human traffickers into taking the deadly sea trip.

The Libyan security forces also appealed to the UN and EU forces to press countries around Libya to shut its borders for illegal migrants and help speed up their repatriation from Libya.

The statement added that the silence of International community and European Union about the misconduct by some immigrants such as the recent hijacking would tempt armed groups to pretend in the future to be immigrants and then do the same piracy when they get rescued, referring to the incident of March 27 of the hijacking by immigrants of a ship that eventually ended up in Malta.

The Libyan naval forces also said that the repetitive criminal behaviour of illegal migrants against rescue ships’ crews is very concerning and thus shows how the system of search and rescue has collapsed in the Mediterranean, hence giving the civilian ships a pretext for refusing to help return migrants to Libya.
Via The Libya Observer

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