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Sandstone cliffs at Cap Blanc, near Nouadihibou, Mauritania | Photo: Imago/imagebroker/M.Runkel
The shipmaster is obliged to offer assistance to persons in distress at sea | Photo: picture alliance/SOS
Migrants rescued on board Ocean Viking and Alan Kurdi disembarked in Sicily, Italy on Wednesday, December 4 2019 | Photo: MSF
Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese | Photo: ANSA/Angelo Carconi
A Libyan coast guard vessel returning migrants to Tripoli in 2017 | Photo: picture alliance/M. Ben Khalifa
An Italian coast guard boat searches for migrants at sea near the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on Sunday, November 24, 2019| Photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/Mauro Seminara
The NGO-run search and rescue ship Ocean Viking | PHOTO: Archive/ANSA/Francesco Ruta
The Spanish rescue ship Open Arms off the coast of Lampedusa | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa/F.Bungert
Admiral Giovanni Pettorino |PHOTO: ANSA/Riccardo Antimiani
Handout photo made available by German civil sea rescue organisation Sea-Eye, showing the Alan Kurdi vessel off the Libyan coast | Photo: EPA/FAB
Migrants waiting on board NGO ship Ocean Viking to disembark, off the coast of Malta | Photo: EPA/Hannah Wallace Bowman/ Doctors Without Borders
The Ocean Viking | Photo: SOS Mediterranee