The worsening fighting in Tripoli continues, forcing thousands of Libyan families to flee their homes and seek shelter with family or in temporary shelters in schools or other buildings. Over three thousand refugees and migrants are trapped in detention centres and are at risk of being caught in the crossfire.
Refugees and migrants in Tripoli’s Qasr Bin Gashir detention centre were shot at and injured, according to evidence reviewed by MSF.
Fighting that has broken out in Tripoli has further trapped refugees and migrants held in detention centres
Refugees and migrants arbitrarily held in Sabaa detention centre in Tripoli are suffering from alarming rates of acute malnutrition, while some were recently
MSF teams on board the Aquarius are officially leaving the vessel and, with partner organisation SOS MEDITERRANEE, returning it to the ship's owner
The forced end of the Aquarius happens at a critical time as the world’s deadliest migration route has become even more of a death trap for vulnerable people
MSF strongly condemns the decision by Italian judicial authorities to request the seizure of the Aquarius for alleged anomalies in its disposal of on-board waste. It is a disproportionate and unfounded measure, purely aimed at further criminalising lifesaving medical-humanitarian action at sea.
SOS MEDITERRANEE and MSF are reeling from the announcement by the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) that it has been forced to revoke the registration of the search and rescue ship Aquarius, under blatant economic and political pressure from the Italian government.