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German ship rescues 100 migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The German non-governmental organization Mission Life Line said on Monday it had rescued about 100 migrants on a rubber boat in the Mediterranean, saying the Libyan coastguard had been crewed.

“A Libyan coastguard military ship approached quickly and threatened the crew,” it said. The German flag is flying.

“The rubber boat is starting to empty,” the organization said on social media. She explained that the migrants were transported aboard rubber boats to the ship “Elounor” for rescue.

In June, Malta seized the Dutch-flagged ship Lifeline, a humanitarian organization, after anchoring it with more than 230 migrants.

The authorities of Malta and Italy accused the ship’s captain Claus Peter Reich of breaking the rules after he refused to obey Libyan coast guard orders. He was sentenced to a fine for offenses relating to the registration of the ship but appealed. The captain himself is commanding the ship Elounor.

For its part, the Maltese armed forces announced that they rescued two groups of immigrants on board two rubber boats aboard the first 73 people and the second 89 people. They are expected to be transported to Malta after a Maltese patrol ship has been relieved.

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