…As Albanian navy patrol ship rescues 140 migrants in Aegean sea***
An official on Wednesday reported that over 13 people, including three children were killed when two passenger boats collided and capsized on the Nile River in South Sudan.
State information minister Atong Manyang told dpa that six people were injured when the boats collided near the town of Bor in Jonglei State.
Manyang said each boat carried about 45 people, noting that rescue teams had been deployed to the site of accident in search of survivors.
According to him, authorities are also in the process of investigating the cause of the crash.
However on a positive note, the Oriku ship of the Albanian Navy Forces has rescued 140 migrants on board four boats from the Aegean Sea in the past three days, the Albanian Defence Minister Olta Xhacka, announced on Wednesday.
“In just three days, four different boats with about 140 Afghan and Syrian migrants on board have been rescued by the crew of Oriku patrol ship.’’
Xhacka said half of the migrants were women and children whose lives were in danger in the sea waters between Turkey and Greece.
According to Xhacka, “Oriku” ship and its crew have faced an increasing influx of illegal migrants while patrolling the Aegean Sea.
The operations of the Albanian Navy Forces were conducted in cooperation with the Turkish and Greek coastguards.
Since 2016, the Albanian Navy’s Oriku patrol ship has joined NATO’s Standing Maritime Group in the Aegean Sea operations to monitor and patrol the waters between Turkey and Greece.
The Albanian patrol ship intends to support international efforts, aimed at curbing human trafficking and illegal migration.