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21 April 2017, 05:09 | Erica Roy
This latest operation was set in motion on Friday in collaboration with the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and has so far rescued 2,074 people crossing the Strait of Sicily - the channel of water separating southern Italy from the North African coast.
The Sea-Eye, a German charity boat that helped bring to safety hundreds of people stranded on rubber dinghies off the coast of Libya Sunday said in a statement it still had 210 on board "crowded closely together, exposed to the wind, the waves and the cold without protection". We are where we're needed, what's the #EU doing meanwhile?
"Frontex Director says it's a paradox that a third of rescues are done by NGOs".
Dozens of Mediterranean rescue operations throughout Sunday spotted around 2,000 refugees, according to the Italian coastguard's estimate.
A spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) stated in a tweet on Saturday that 101 migrants were rescued from a sinking boot by fishermen, while five migrants drowned. We agree. Where are @Frontex boats in a day like this?
Jugend Rette, a German NGO involved in the rescuing of migrants, told AFP that good spring weather has led to increased numbers of people attempting the risky crossing in recent days, Deutsche Welle reports.
MOAS also tweeted messages about its rescue ship Phoenix after spending the night watching a number of packed rubber dinghies whose passengers the ship was unable to assist because of its own overcrowding.
Sami said the weekend's work had a frenetic pace, to the point where some humanitarian agents involved in the rescues worked for 40 hours straight.
The first boat, carrying 41 men and 11 women of sub-Saharan origin, was located by rescue teams shortly after midnight in the Alboran Sea east of the Strait of Gibraltar.
The voice that is often missing from the discussion is often that of the migrants themselves.
It is understood one dead body was found during the rescue mission. "We agree. Where are Frontex boats in a day like this?" "We are just lucky we got out of Libya alive".
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