rescue ship

SOS Humanity, a German non-governmental organization (NGO), has accused the Libyan Coast Guard of violating international law during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea.

In a statement Monday, the organization said that a Libyan Coast Guard patrol fired shots at its ship while rescuing migrants from three overcrowded boats.

The Coast Guard allegedly interrupted the rescue operation and fired live ammunition into the water, causing panic among the migrants.

According to the organization, the incident resulted in the death of at least one migrant and forced several others to return to Libya, while 77 migrants were rescued during the operation.

The migrants were embarked in the port of Bari, designated by the Italian authorities for disembarking migrants.