14 migrants, after being rescued by an Italian fishing boat and after a renewed Maltese-Italian dispute over where the rescued migrants should be taken, were taken on board an Italian government vessel which in turn transferred them to a Libyan navy vessel. The migrants were first spotted by a Frontex aircraft operating from Malta.
“The incident yet again sparked the ire of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), who through its spokesperson Laura Boldrini insisted that both Malta and Italy should assume their international responsibilities and be humanitarian. The UNHCR spokesperson implored both states not to forcefully repatriate the migrants to Libya.”
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