March 01, 2021 – 13:15
It would have turned into a human tragedy if the ship of the German non-governmental organization Sea-Watch had not intervened to rescue over the weekend 363 migrants who were trying by boat to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.
It took five rescue operations to accomplish the mission.
On Saturday morning alone, the rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 found 102 migrants at sea, while the day before it rescued 45 people, including 15 minors.
On Sunday, the NGO rescued another 216 migrants in three separate operations.
The central migration route in the Mediterranean is considered to be the most dangerous and deadly in the world.
United Nations agencies say about 160 migrants and refugees have lost their lives this year, trying to cross from North Africa to Europe.
Libya remains the main point of flight of migrants and refugees due to instability in some African and Middle Eastern countries, while aiming to seek refuge in Europe.
More than 1,200 migrants and refugees lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean during 2020, according to data from the World Migration Organization.