PHOTOS | Tragedy Strikes Libyan Children in the Mediterranean – Al Marsad

Last night, the Mediterranean witnessed a new tragedy, with a migrant boat sinking, a second one erupting in fire, and a third rescued. The German NGO Sea-Watch said on Friday it had rescued nearly 100 migrants in the Mediterranean overnight. Most of the rescued were Libyans, the Reuters witness said. The Libyan authorities have utterly failed to curb smugglers and human traffickers, and even include these criminals their official government forces. 

(LIBYA, 31 July 2021) – According to Darrin Zammit Lupi, a Reuters photographer who accompanied the rescue operation, a migrant boat carrying Libyan families caught fire, causing injuries, and it was not yet clear if any of them were dead.

The photographer published horrific footage of Libyan children suffering from chemical burns on their body, face and hands, caused by exposure to gasoline mixed with seawater.

The photographer also published a photo of a girl sitting next to her father, who is hugging her crying, on a rescue ship Sea-Watch 3, which belongs to the German rescue organization.

In another photo, a Libyan child appeared suffering from severe burns on his hands and face, waiting for the Italian authorities to transfer them for treatment in southern Italy, according to the reporter, while another girl was being pulled alive.

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior announced today that 196 illegal immigrants were rescued on the coast between Libya and Italy. It is not yet clear if the Tunisian authorities are talking about a separate incident. Migrant boat departures from Libya and Tunisia to Italy and other parts of Europe have increased in recent months due to better weather.

Today, the Frontex agency intensified reconnaissance and drone flights to protect the European borders from the flight of migrants from the Libyan coast, using several planes, including the Israeli El Heron that the agency acquired from Tel Aviv. Rescue operations were continuing, according to radar images published by the Flight Radar website.