Libya: Smugglers fire shots in migrant rescue operation amid concern thousands are leaving country

People smugglers fired several warning shots at vessels during a search and rescue operation on 13 April, EU border agency Frontex reported.

The international agency said shots were fired in an attempt to recover a wooden boat used for transporting migrants to Italy.

The incident occurred 60 nautical miles from the Libyan coast after an Italian tugboat and Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Tyr deployed by Frontex rescued immigrants from a vessel.

They were later approached by a speedboat that, after firing warning shots, sped away with the empty migrant boat.

“Last Monday one of the vessels deployed by Frontex to Italy within the framework of operation Triton witnessed warning shots fired by the smugglers who were attempting to take the boat originally carrying the migrants back to Libya,” said spokesperson Izabella Cooper…

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