Far-right group 'refuses rescuers help'
06:30 Sat Aug 12, 2017
Report by: BBC News
A German migrant rescue group says a vessel carrying far-right activists that has run into trouble in the Mediterranean has refused their help.
The Sea-Eye charity says it was asked by the Italian coastguard to assist the C-Star ship because it was in distress.
But the French-based group Génération Identitaire (GI), which runs the C-Star, denied this, saying it had only a “minor technical problem”.
GI has vowed to stop the flow of migrants from Africa to Europe.
The C-Star has faced several problems since its mission began last month. It was held up in Egypt and Cyprus and refused access to Tunisian ports.
Sea-Eye, one of the NGOs involved in search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean, said on Facebook (in German) that the C-Star was in “distress” off the Libyan coast but that it had “refused” its help.
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