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PACE blames NATO for refugee deaths

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe blames NATO for the death of 1,500 Libyan refugees who tried to cross the Mediterranean in 2011.

In a resolution released on Tuesday, PACE says the refugees had fallen victim to official negligence and non-assistance. The document mentions, among other things the events of March 26, 2011 when NATO warships ignored distress signals being sent from a sinking boat with 72 refugees on board. Only nine survived.