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Parliamentary questions
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29 October 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Erik Marquardt
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Attack on the rescue ship 'Alan Kurdi' by Libyan militias

Militiamen fired warning shots and threatened to open fire from their mounted guns, endangering not only the crew of the ‘Alan Kurdi’, but also about 90 people who were being rescued. The Libyan vessels had no identification markings.

It has also been reported that Abd Al-Rahman Al-Milad, known as Al Bija, who is on an EU sanctions list for involvement in people smuggling, has resumed command of the Zawiya coast guard.

Can it be ruled out that the militias involved in the attack or the regional unit of the coast guard at Zawiya are not being funded or trained by the EU? If not, is it at all clear what funding is going to which coast guard?

What does the Commission know about the militias involved in the attack, and what has been done in order, for instance, to press another Libyan coast guard to investigate the case?

Under a new decree issued by the government in Tripoli, NGO vessels operating in Libyan waters must now obtain authorisation from the Libyan authorities. How will the Commission help ensure that the Libyan authorities bring that decree into line with international law and do not apply it in international waters, including, for example, in their maritime search-and-rescue area?

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