UNHCR Criticises Delay by Italy and Malta in Launching Search and Rescue of Migrant Boat

“UNHCR is concerned about delays in a search-and-rescue operation on Sunday and Monday [6-7 June]  involving a boat carrying more than 20 people, mostly Eritreans, near Malta. Distress calls were received on Sunday evening, including by UNHCR, and passed to Maltese and Italian maritime authorities. It is unclear which country had search-and-rescue responsibility when the distress calls were first sent. According to information made available to UNHCR, the boat was only rescued late on Monday, and by Libyan vessels.”

The persons on board the boat have reportedly been taken to Libya.

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