Migrants who were stranded on the German NGO Sea-Eye migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi are seen before disembarking from an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at its base in Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta [Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters]

A vessel has capsized while at least three other boats carrying more than 150 migrants and refugees are in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, Germany’s Sea-Watch International said.

The German group said “no state wants to rescue them” after Libya, Italy and Malta shut their borders amid the coronavirus pandemic. 


Sea-Watch and Europe’s coastguards were at loggerheads about the fate of the vessels, as well as the fate of up to 85 migrants potentially lost at sea after setting off from the coast of Libya.


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