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Migrant rescue at sea

Friday, October 09, 2015 - 01:07

The German army reports the rescue of 372 migrants from three dinghies off the coast of Libya. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The German frigate "Schleswig-Holstein" rescued 372 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea under the mission EUNAVFOR MED Operation SOPHIA, the Bundeswehr announced on their website Friday. On Wednesday (October 7), the crew of the frigate discovered 372 people in sea unworthy dinghies 30 sea miles off the coast of Libya. The migrants were taken by speedboat to the "Schleswig-Holstein", amongst them 48 woman and 9 children. Two of the dinghies were classified as a navigation hazard and sunken. The rescue mission comes amid United Nations Security Council authorization of European Union naval operations for one year to seize and dispose of vessels operated by human traffickers in the high seas off Libya. The resolution approved the second of three phases of an EU naval mission intended to help stem the flow of migrants and refugees into Europe, which has escalated into a major crisis in recent months. The third phase of the EU mission, which is not covered by the resolution, would involve European operations in Libyan territorial waters and coastal areas.

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Migrant rescue at sea

Friday, October 09, 2015 - 01:07