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Airborne Monthly Factsheet August 2022

This factsheet presents a summary of the distress cases witnessed in August 2022 by Sea-Watch’s Airborne Operations with the aircraft Seabird 2. (1) In August 2022 we flew in the Maltese Search-and-Rescue (SAR) zone only, conducting 14 operations over a total flight time of 74 hours and 49 minutes. We spotted 38 boats, carrying around 1,243 persons in…

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Malta instructs merchant ship SHIMANAMI QUEEN to take 23 people to Egypt rather than to closer ports in Europe

(1) In April 2020, the Maltese authorities ordered the merchant vessel IVAN first to only stay on stand-by and then to leave the scene of a distress case. The people have been pushed back to Libya by a fishing vessel afterwards: https://alarmphone.org/en/2020/04/16/twelve-deaths-and-a-secret-push-back-to-libya/?post_type_release_type=post. (2) In July 2020, the Maltese authorities ordered the merchant vessel COSMO to only…

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New rescue ship Sea-Watch 5 challenges far-right elections in Italy

Recent events in Italy paint a dystopian picture for civil sea rescue: a few days after the political blockade of the rescue ship Sea-Watch 3, Italy votes for a hard right-wing parliamentary shift. The alliance around right-wing radical Giorgia Meloni and her party Fratelli d’Italia, whose election campaign also focused on restricting migration, became the…

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Seven years at sea. No land in sight. Quo vadis, Sea-Watch?

Seven years at sea. No land in sight. Quo vadisLateinisch: “Where are we going”, Sea‑Watch? When we set out on our first rescue mission in the central Mediterranean in June 2015, no one would have guessed what kind of odyssey we would face. From political blockades in Germany, Italy, Malta and the Netherlands, to numerous…

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