Libyan Coast Guard rails against NGO, 'prove accusations'

'Instead of waging war, collaborate with us'

24 May, 20:24

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, MAY 24 - The spokesman of the Libyan Navy, Admiral Ayob Amr Ghasem, has challenged the German NGO Jugend Rettet to produce ''incontrovertible'' evidence of the accusations that he called ''illogical'' that the Libyan Coast Guard had shot at boats carrying migrants. In statements to ANSA, the spokesman said that if the NGO really wanted to advance ''the interest of migrants'', they should ''cooperate with us'' and not ''wage war'' on the Libyan Coast Guard. ''Why would we have shot at boats if we are the ones that always save them?'' the admiral asked, saying that a rescue had been carried out on Tuesday. ''Why do they declare war on us?'', Ghasem asked, adding that ''they should instead cooperate with us if they actually want to work in the interest of the migrants.'' Some ''biased organizations'', the spokesman claimed without giving names, instead help human traffickers create a ''dream of emigrating'' to Europe to profit from it. (ANSAmed).

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