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Msf Doctors: Aquarius Vessel and Unseaworthy Boats

msf doctors: It has rescued almost 49,000 people trying to reach Europe in often unseaworthy boats, according to the EU.. In this Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 file photo, rescuers transfer migrants rescued by an oil rig supply ship to the Aquarius vessel of SOS Mediterranee and MSF Doctors Without Borders NGOs, in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Libyan coast, according to Toronto Star. Migrants trying to reach Europe face routine rape and sexual torture throughout their journey and especially in Libya with men facing abuse nearly as routinely as women, according to a study based on dozens of interviews with aid workers and migrants. The EU's Operation Sophia works to reduce migrant-smuggling, trains the Libyan coast guard and enforces an arms embargo on Libya. Darko Bandic, File / AP Photo European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said that without naval assets, the operation will not be able to effectively implement its mandate. For now, they want to recall the participating ships, but not aircraft. Italy commands Sophia but the anti-migrant government refuses to allow EU ships or the vessels private aid groups have looking out for migrants at risk of drowning or fatal dehydration to disembark in Italian ports, complicating the mission.EU countries agreed in principle to renew Sophia's mandate for six months. ( As reported in the news.