The spokesman for the Libyan Naval forces, Brigadier General Ayoub Qassem, said that the suspension of non-governmental organizations activities in the field of rescuing migrants will be positive to the Libyan Navy.

In a press statement, Qassem accused these organizations of being a catalyst for increasing immigration, by transferring migrants to European countries, giving no caution to the thousands who drown, annually, in the sea.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée organizations, which conduct rescue operations through Aquarius ship, have announced that they are forced to stop rescue operations in the Mediterranean because of what they called a smear campaign led by European governments.