News ID: 170699
Published: 0320 GMT October 21, 2016

German group: Four migrants dead amid ‘Libyan Coastguard' attack

German group: Four migrants dead amid ‘Libyan Coastguard' attack

An NGO rescue group said on Friday that the crew of a speedboat labeled "Libyan Coastguard" had attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing at least four to fall into the water and drown.

"The violent intervention of the ‘Libyan Coastguard’ caused a situation of mass panic on board the rubber boat in distress," Sea Watch said in a statement, Reuters reported.

"One tube of the rubber boat collapsed, causing the majority of the 150 people to slip into the water."

The Sea Watch crew was conducting rescue operations, but had already recovered four bodies, Sea Watch spokesman Ruben Neugebauer told Reuters.

A spokesman for Libya's naval forces in Tripoli said he had not heard about the incident.


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