Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. 

 Martina Anderson said: 

“Untold numbers of men, women and children have died as they try to cross the Mediterranean fleeing war and persecution in their home countries. 

“Rescue agencies and others have carried out tremendous work in order to save the lives of refugees who attempt to make the crossing but now their efforts are being jeopardised by an increasingly militarised approach adopted by the Libyan coast guard. 

“Just this week, Doctors Without Border has suspended its rescue operations in the region after aggression from the Libyan Coast Guard. 

“What we need to see is a humanitarian approach rather than a militaristic one in order to prevent further loss of life. 

“The EU and others need to focus on saving lives and reject any increased militarisation in the Mediterranean.”