12, 2017, it is temporarily suspending the activity of its rescue ship due to alleged threats from Libya's coast guard, which has increasingly become more aggressive in patrolling the waters off its coasts where human traffickers launch boats crowded with migrants desperate to reach Europe.
Two non-governmental organizations have said they are suspending migrant search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean because they feel threatened by the Libyan authorities.
Humanitarian groups say migrants returned to Libya risk inhumane treatment.
In the last six weeks the number of migrant arrivals in Italy has slowed sharply and Rome has begun collaborating more closely with the Libyan coastguard, which De Filippi said was threatening the NGOs and preventing them from working.
According to the Telegraph, the imperiled group of far-right boaters see the Mediterannean routes as part of an "invasion" and despite more than 2400 migrants drownings in the area so far this year, they want to make it as hard as possible for people to voyage between North Africa and Europe's southern shores.
On August 11, the United Kingdom anti-extremism research and education group Hope Not Hate issued a formal complaint and request for an inspection of the ship in the wake of its technical failure, pointing out that this incident is further confirmation of what the organization has already reported - that the ship is ill-equipped to care for the migrants it claims it can rescue. Doctors Without Borders has refused to endorse the rules, while some other humanitarian groups have given their approval. "They said they don't need or want our help", Buschheuer said. "And whoever doesn't drown will be intercepted and brought back to Libya, which we know to be a place of absent legality, arbitrary detention and extreme violence".
German non-commercial organization Sea Eye suspended rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea over security concerns after Libya's navy ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone" for Europe-bound migrants, the organization said Sunday.
Nearly 600,000 migrants have arrived in Italy over the past four years, the vast majority setting sail from lawless Libya in flimsy vessels operated by people smugglers.
Italian news agency ANSA reported Saturday that Italian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Somali man who had applied for asylum in Sicily. The ship's 22-person crew was held for ransom for several months.