Migrant going from Libya to Europe is shot by smugglers – Daily Mail

Migrant going from Libya to Europe is shot by smugglers – Daily Mail


A teenage migrant trying to get from Libya to Europe was shot dead by ruthless human traffickers who wanted his baseball cap.

The young Gambian man was killed on the beach by smugglers. His body was carried on board a ship that rescued 560 migrants from unsafe boats off the coast of Libya.

Harrowing images show tearful migrants who saw the murder and endured a journey with the corpse embracing when they got off rescue ship, the Phoenix, in Catania on the island of Sicily.

Another teenage boy was shot in the stomach, but is being cared for by doctors and is said to be in a stable condition.

A teenage migrant trying to get from Libya to Europe was shot dead by human traffickers who wanted his baseball cap. Pictured, coroners carry the body off the rescue ship in Catania on the island of Sicily, Italy

A teenage migrant trying to get from Libya to Europe was shot dead by human traffickers who wanted his baseball cap. Pictured, coroners carry the body off the rescue ship in Catania on the island of Sicily, Italy

A teenage migrant trying to get from Libya to Europe was shot dead by human traffickers who wanted his baseball cap. Pictured, coroners carry the body off the rescue ship in Catania on the island of Sicily, Italy

The body of the young Gambian man, who was killed on the beach by smugglers, was carried onboard a ship that rescued 560 migrants from unsafe boats off the coast of Libya

The body of the young Gambian man, who was killed on the beach by smugglers, was carried onboard a ship that rescued 560 migrants from unsafe boats off the coast of Libya

The body of the young Gambian man, who was killed on the beach by smugglers, was carried onboard a ship that rescued 560 migrants from unsafe boats off the coast of Libya

A priest prays over the body of a migrant as Italian police stand guard around the container

A priest prays over the body of a migrant as Italian police stand guard around the container

A priest prays over the body of a migrant as Italian police stand guard around the container

Harrowing images show tearful migrants who saw the murder and endured a journey with the corpse embracing when they got off rescue ship, the Phoenix

Harrowing images show tearful migrants who saw the murder and endured a journey with the corpse embracing when they got off rescue ship, the Phoenix

Harrowing images show tearful migrants who saw the murder and endured a journey with the corpse embracing when they got off rescue ship, the Phoenix

A rescuer carries a crying child migrant off the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix

A rescuer carries a crying child migrant off the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix

A rescuer carries a crying child migrant off the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix

The victim’s body was carried of the rescue ship by coroners in a container. 

A priest later prayed over the body while Italian police formed a circle around him.

The migrants were travelling on board two large rubber boats and five small wooden ones when they were rescued, Italy’s Coast Guard said. 

Italian Navy and Coast Guard boats participated in the rescues together with two humanitarian vessels, a spokesman said.  

The Phoenix, a rescue ship operated by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), took 422 on board, plus the body of the murdered young Gambian.

‘According to eyewitnesses, the deceased teenager was killed by human traffickers because they wanted his baseball hat. What cruelty,’ MOAS co-founder Chris Catrambone said. 

Desperate families with young children disembark from the vessel guided by Migrant Offshore Aid workers

Desperate families with young children disembark from the vessel guided by Migrant Offshore Aid workers

Desperate families with young children disembark from the vessel guided by Migrant Offshore Aid workers

Migrants react with horror to the news that a corpse was on the ship when it arrived at Catania on the Italian island of Sicily

Migrants react with horror to the news that a corpse was on the ship when it arrived at Catania on the Italian island of Sicily

Migrants react with horror to the news that a corpse was on the ship when it arrived at Catania on the Italian island of Sicily

The migrants were travelling on board two large rubber boats and five small wooden ones when they were rescued, Italy's Coast Guard said

The migrants were travelling on board two large rubber boats and five small wooden ones when they were rescued, Italy's Coast Guard said

The migrants were travelling on board two large rubber boats and five small wooden ones when they were rescued, Italy’s Coast Guard said

‘The medical team onboard the Phoenix have confirmed that the deceased teenager died from gunshot wound,’ he added.

MOAS doctors are also caring for another teenage boy who has a gunshot wound to the stomach, but is stable. 

German non-governmental organisation (NGO) Jugend Rettet also helped with the rescues.

Separately, Doctors Without Borders said its rescue ship Prudence would arrive in the Sicilian port of Catania early on Friday with the corpses of six migrants, including five women, who it had picked up in the Mediterranean in recent days.

A Syrian migrant embraces a rescuer as the ship arrives in Italy

A Syrian migrant embraces a rescuer as the ship arrives in Italy

A Syrian woman hugs Regina Catrambone, co-founder of the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station

A Syrian woman hugs Regina Catrambone, co-founder of the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station

A Syrian migrant embraces a rescuer as the ship arrives in Italy, while a Syrian woman hugs Regina Catrambone, co-founder of the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station

Rescue workers tenderly carry a traumatised young girl in their arms as they escort her off the ship

Rescue workers tenderly carry a traumatised young girl in their arms as they escort her off the ship

Rescue workers tenderly carry a traumatised young girl in their arms as they escort her off the ship

It emerged that a second teenage boy was shot in the stomach, but is being cared for by doctors and is said to be in a stable condition.

It emerged that a second teenage boy was shot in the stomach, but is being cared for by doctors and is said to be in a stable condition.

It emerged that a second teenage boy was shot in the stomach, but is being cared for by doctors and is said to be in a stable condition.

Migrants stand in a line as they wait to be medically checked by Red Cross staff

Migrants stand in a line as they wait to be medically checked by Red Cross staff

Migrants stand in a line as they wait to be medically checked by Red Cross staff

There had been a pause of boat departures from Libya, where smugglers operate with impunity, since Easter, because of bad weather and sea conditions. 

But boat migrant arrivals in Italy are still up 30 percent so far this year from 2016, when a record 181,000 arrived.

Humanitarian rescue ships have come in for criticism in Italy in recent months, with Catania chief prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro opening a fact-finding investigation into possible ties between NGOs and people-smugglers.

The NGOs have strongly denied the accusations, including representatives from MOAS who testified in Italy’s parliament earlier on Thursday. They say their only mission is to save lives.

Zuccaro has yet to present any evidence of illicit activities and has not opened a criminal investigation.

The Phoenix, a rescue ship operated by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), took 422 on board

The Phoenix, a rescue ship operated by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), took 422 on board

The Phoenix, a rescue ship operated by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), took 422 on board

One grief-stricken migrant passenger covers his face with his hands as he waits to disembark at Catania 

One grief-stricken migrant passenger covers his face with his hands as he waits to disembark at Catania 

One grief-stricken migrant passenger covers his face with his hands as he waits to disembark at Catania 

There had been a pause of boat departures from Libya, where smugglers operate with impunity, since Easter, because of bad weather and sea conditions

There had been a pause of boat departures from Libya, where smugglers operate with impunity, since Easter, because of bad weather and sea conditions

There had been a pause of boat departures from Libya, where smugglers operate with impunity, since Easter, because of bad weather and sea conditions

Boat migrant arrivals in Italy are still up 30 percent so far this year from 2016, when a record 181,000 arrived

Boat migrant arrivals in Italy are still up 30 percent so far this year from 2016, when a record 181,000 arrived

Boat migrant arrivals in Italy are still up 30 percent so far this year from 2016, when a record 181,000 arrived



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