Before the civil war began, Libyan patrol boats stopped any vessel attempting to set sail in a deal agreed with Italy. But in an attempt to ward off military intervention, Colonel Gaddafi threatened to turn Europe into a ‘black continent through illegal immigration.’ Judging by the tens of thousands of Muslim invaders who have reached Italy and the rest of Europe already, looks like he’s making good on his promise.
UK DAILY MAIL – (H/T Lee S)- Coastguards and navy ships were today searching for as many as 270 illegal immigrants feared to have drowned after their fishing boat capsized as they sailed towards Italy. The trawler, which was carrying more than 700 people, sank in shallow waters after suffering engine problems off the coast of Tunisia and the low sea level hampered the rescue.
It meant that navy vessels were unable to get close to the survivors and so they had to be plucked from the sea in smaller boats meaning many drowned as waves were whipped up by a storm.
tragedy incident happened off the island of Kerkennah and Tunisian officials said the boat was carrying mainly sub-Saharan Africans and was on its way to the tiny island of Lampedusa.
During the last six months more than 25,000 illegal Muslim
immigrants invaders have arrived on the island many of them fleeing revolutions and civil unrest that have taken place across north Africa in recent weeks.
It is the latest in a long line of
tragedies incidents that have led to the stretch of water between Lampedusa and north Africa being dubbed the ‘graveyard of the Mediterranean.’ Many of those missing are said to have jumped into the sea during a panic as a rescue operation involving women and children first was taking place, with 570 saved and taken to a hospital at Sfax.
Those that were treated and released following the incident which happened late on Wednesday night were then taken to a refugee camp on the Tunisian-Libyan border.
Officials from UN High Commission for Refugees in Rome have estimated that at least 1,300 people have drowned as they attempted the crossing from north Africa to Lampedusa which is just 100 miles. Hundreds of ramshackle fishing boats have made the crossing in the last few months with several sinking and those that have made it to Lampedusa are dumped haphazardly on top of each other in a corner of the port.
Many of those that have drowned have never been recovered – last month 600 are said to have died after a boat they were on capsized off the coast of Tripoli.
Italy has grown increasingly frustrated at Malta’s lack of help as in many cases it simply passes on any calls to them claiming they do not have vessels powerful or big enough to help in a rescue.
UNHCR spokeswoman Laura Boldrini said: ‘These cases of tension over competence just create more risk for those on the boats and puts any rescue attempt at risk – this should be put aside and everyone needs to do what they can to help. (CRAP, they need to refuse entry to ALL those boats. Send them the hell back. Or pay the price)