The crew of the ship Ocean Viking has rescued 81 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday. As a result, there are now 251 rescued people on board.
The mostly Sudanese young men had left Libya on Saturday in a blue rubber boat. They cheered when they saw the ship coming from Médecins Sans Frontières and SOS Méditerranée.
However, the ship has fuel problems. The Ocean Viking should have refueled on Wednesday evening at a bunker boat in Malta's waters. No permission was given for this at the last minute. Doctors without Borders and SOS Méditerranée are looking for a different solution.
The Ocean Viking patrols international waters near Libya. This North African country is known as an important starting point for migrants who want to reach Europe. They often try to cross the Mediterranean with boats that are not seaworthy.
The fate of rescued migrants creates tension within Europe. Countries regularly discuss who is responsible for the reception. At the moment about 160 migrants are also on board the ship Open Arms of the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms.
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