Video Shows Libyan Coast Guard Firing on Migrant Boat

video showing a Libyan coast guard vessel firing at and chasing a boat in distress that was carrying migrants
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A nonprofit search-and-rescue group has released video showing a Libyan coast guard vessel firing at and chasing a boat in distress that was carrying migrants across the Mediterranean Sea.

From its civilian reconnaissance aircraft, the German nongovernmental organization Sea-Watch filmed what it described as a “brutal attack.” In addition to shooting in the direction of the migrants, Sea-Watch said the coast guard vessel rammed the wooden boat and threw objects at the families on board. The organization said it urged the Libyan vessel over the radio to stop the shooting.

“Europe’s partners of the so-called Libyan coast guard are approvingly accepting the death of people on the move,” said Felix Weiss of Sea-Watch’s Airborne Operations. “Those who shoot at refugees and try to capsize their boats are not there to save them.

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