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Sea Watch 3 was the only NGO search and rescue vessel operating in the Mediterranean
The Sea Watch 3 rescue ship enters the port of Catania, Italy | Photo: ANSA/Orietta Scardino
Migrants rescued February 6-8 2019 in the Straits of Gibraltar | Photo: Spanish Maritime Rescue Service / ANSA
In January 2019, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued/intercepted 469 refugees and migrants. 144 deaths of migrants have been recorded in the central Mediterranean so far this year (as of February 5, 2019)
A young migrant is seen disembarking from the Sea-Watch 3 search-and-rescue vessel | Credit: ANSA
Migrants on the Sea Watch 3 vessel
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini | Photo: Picture-alliance/R.Antimiani
From file: Over 350 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast near Garabulli on January 15, 2018. After being returned to Tripoli by the Libyan coast guard, they were transferred to detention centers | Photo: ANSA/Zuhair Abusrewil
The Sea-Watch rescue ship. Credit: ANSA/AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud
Rescued migrants on board a Sea-Eye boat | Photo: Picture Alliance / dep /
A Syrian migrant walking along the Balkan route | Photo: ANSA
The Open Arms rescue vessel in San Roque Port in Algeciras, southern Spain | PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA/A.CARRASCO RAGE