Posted on October 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A German NGO reported that one of its vessels, the German-flagged Cargo Ship, ALAN KURDI was shot at by Libyan-affiliated militants, who fired at the ship while it was attempting to rescue 90 migrants lost in the Mediterranean.
The incident occurred on Saturday the 28th of October, in international waters off the coast of Libya.
According to the NGO, the crew of the Alan Kurdi received a distress call from the lifeboat and immediately moved to rescue the distressed migrants.
Upon arrival, they started handing out life jackets to the people on the raft, when a number of speedboats flying the Libyan flag and carrying “masked men” arrived at the scene.
They started circling the ship, attempting to hamper the rescue efforts and proceeded to fire warning shots towards the Alan Kurdi crew members and gathered migrants.
"We are in shock: we have never been threatened in this way!"
"We were able to get 90 people on board, including two women.”
"While we had already been able to recover 10 people on board, our boat was surrounded by three speedboats with masked and heavily armed people aboard," said the NGO Spokesman Gorden Isler, during a statement to the AFP.
Allegedly, the armed group started firing into the air and water in an effort to dissuade the NGO vessel from its rescue attempts.
Having rescued the 90 migrants, the Alan Kurdi continued towards the Italian island of Lampedusa.