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September 03, 2015

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search-and-rescue boats Dignity I and Bourbon Argos — together with the MY Phoenix, operated jointly with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) — yesterday rescued 1,658 people in MSF’s biggest day of operations on the Mediterranean Sea since operations began on May 2.

August 05, 2015

Hundreds of people have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after a boat carrying around 600 people capsized earlier today off the Libyan coast. This latest tragedy underscores the severe lack of adequate search-and-rescue operations in the area, said Doctors Without Borders/Médécins Sans Frontières (MSF).

July 17, 2015

On Wednesday, July 15, the Bourbon Argos — a search-and-rescue vessel operated by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the Mediterranean Sea — rescued 678 people from six different migrant boats and received one more patient transferred for medical reasons from an Italian Coast Guards vessel.

June 20, 2015

Today is World Refugee Day. Since the start of 2015, more than 100,000 asylum seekers have fled from countries like Eritrea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, united in their desire to escape from conflict, instability, persecution and limited access to humanitarian assistance.

June 04, 2015

Last Sunday, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team provided emergency psychological support at the port of Augusta in Sicily, Italy, to 18 out of 454 migrants who had been rescued at sea trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya over the weekend.

May 11, 2015

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is launching an additional ship to carry out search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea to assist people who are risking their lives trying to reach Europe by boat. The ship is carrying a crew of 26 people, including an experienced search-and-rescue crew as well as medical staff to provide emergency medical care.

May 04, 2015

Last weekend, more than 6,000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix, a search-and-rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). Early Monday morning, an additional 104 people were rescued with the assistance of the MY Phoenix team and transferred onto a commercial vessel.

March 04, 2015

A Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) team in Pozzallo, Sicily today is assisting 183 migrants and asylum seekers who were rescued by an oil tanker in the Strait of Sicily. They were among the almost 1,000 people rescued by seven sea rescue operations in less than 24 hours.

At least ten people were reportedly found dead.

October 09, 2013

As a delegation of European and Italian leaders visit the Sicilian island of Lampedusa to honour all those who tragically lost their lives trying to reach the European coast, the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls on members of the European Union to recognize the human cost of their repressive migration policies.

Each summer, Italy receives thousands of migrants arriving in boats from Africa. Lampedusa, a small island south of Sicily, is a landing spot for more than 18,000 immigrants every year. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides medical care at the port where boats land after hazardous trips across the Mediterranean Sea. In recent weeks, a series of dramatic landings have been recorded in the Canal of Sicily, with people arriving in very bad condition. Luciano Grisio, a doctor with MSF, describes what he sees during his work on the island.

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