Doctors Without Borders launches migrant rescue mission


Rescued migrants disembark from an Italian Finance Guard vessel in Porto Empedocle, Sicily island, southern Italy, 12 April 2015. The body of one boat migrant and 1,739 survivors were picked up in several operations conducted over the past two days in the Mediterranean, Italian authorities said 12 April, adding that further sea rescues were ongoing.

Search and rescue operation mounted in Mediterranean

The humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders is launching a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean next month in dismay at European efforts to manage the migrant influx.

It is the first time the group has undertaken such an operation. The aid organization will station doctors on a ship between Malta and the coast of Libya as the number of migrants attempting the crossing from the conflict-hit North African country increases.

"We are acutely aware that we are only one boat. ...

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