The UN and European courts have deemed it illegal for migrants to be sent back to Libya, but governments have found a loophole to get around it.
The 31-year-old captain hit a police boat as she defied the law and brought migrants ashore
Footage of the aftermath showed body parts and migrants’ belongings strewn among the rubble.
“This is not a game, we’re not playing. We need to get these people off this ship”
Matteo Salvini, an anti-immigration hardliner, vowed that their rescue ship would not be allowed to dock in his country’s ports.
The government action will “purge all Libyan cities of aggressor and illegitimate forces,” said Colonel Mohamed Gnounou
“For the moment, it’s no.”
“On our boat, only 55 people survived. Many people died."
One in 18 people who attempted the crossing between January and July this year drowned.
"He would be running his country. His country would be very rich.”