Migrant rescue boat pulls out of the Mediterranean over Libyan Navy interception of vessels

A humanitarian organisation that has saved the lives of 40,000 migrants in the Mediterranean has suspended its operations, citing security concerns and “increasing instability” off the coast of Libya.

The Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which was founded by a pair of philanthropists, said it wanted nothing to do with Libya’s interception of migrant boats leaving its coast.

It will instead redeploy its flagship, the Phoenix, to South-east Asia to help Rohingya refugees who are fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh.