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Des membres de Médecins sans frontières sauvent des migrants d’un bateau au large de la Libye, en mer Méditerranée, en juin 2021. Photo d’illustration. © AVRA Fialas/MSF/Reuters of members of doctors without borders save migrants from a boat off Libya, in the Mediterranean Sea, in June 2021. Illustration photo.

She was on a makeshift boat Tuesday, December 6, 2022 and finally gave birth the next day on the Geo Barents of the NGO Doctors Without Borders, who rescued it.

An Migrant fleeing Libya gave birth on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 in the morning in the Mediterranean aboard the Geo Barents ship of the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF), who had collected it with its three sons, announced MSF .

"Despite this happy event, her condition is serious and she needs specialized medical care", said on Twitter the NGO, which asks "the Maltese and Italian authorities to organize its emergency medical evacuation with its Other sons ”.

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collected the day before by the boat of MSF

The young mother, whose identity was not revealed to respect her intimacy, had been collected Tuesday when she was dried on board an "unstable boat carrying 90 people » Part Monday evening of Libya.

His delivery after seven hours of work was triggered by "difficult journey, hard conditions, extreme stress and dehydration", specifies the humanitarian organization.

The MSF rescue ship is now carrying 255 survivors of their perilous attempt to cross the central Mediterranean, considered by the UN as the most dangerous crossing in the world for migrants with 17,000 dead since 2014.

Refusals to disembark

The Geo Barents found himself in the center of a controversy last month after being to refuse authorization to land his survivors in an Italian port with the exception of the most vulnerable.

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A green light was finally granted to them in the face of a wave of NGO reviews, but it was a first demonstration of the new approach to the far -right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who came to power in October with the displayed will to Reduce the number of arrivals per sea in Italy to migrants fleeing misery and conflicts and hoping to find a better life in Europe.

Italy notes this year a strong increase in entries on its territory by the sea, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, with 96,816 people who have arrived on its coast since January 1 against nearly 63,000 and 32,000 respectively Over the same period of 2021 and 2020, years of the health crisis.

A large majority of these migrants are rescued by the Italian coast guard, but Rome has strongly criticized the rescue operations of ships chartered by NGOs, accused of creating an air call.

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REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) — Restrictions that have prevented hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. in recent years remained on track to expire in a matter of days after an appeals court ruling Friday, as thousands more migrants packed shelters on Mexico’s border with the U.S. The ruling from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals means the restrictions known as Title 42 are still set to be lifted Wednesday, unless further appeals are filed. A coalition of 19 Republican-leaning states were pushing to keep the asylum restrictions put in place by former President Donald Trump at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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