Italian Navy Rescues Fisherman Attacked by Libyan Coast Guard

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An Italian Navy ship has rescued a crew member of an Italian fishing boat reportedly injured by warning shots fired by the Libyan Coast Guard, Italian media said Thursday.

The Libyans opened fire near two fishing boats, the Aliseo and the Artemide, in the central Mediterranean, around 75 miles north of the Libyan city of Misrata, Corriere Della Sera reported. The two vessels have not been sequestered by the Libyans. Calls to the Italian Navy and Defence Ministry were not immediately answered.

Italian fishing boats frequently run up against disputes, as they travel over territorial waters.

Seven Italian fishing boats escaped an attempt to capture them near Benghazi, Corriere reported. The Aliseo had escaped an attempt by Tunisian authorities to sequester it in 2017, and 18 fishermen were kept in Libya for 108 days, before their release in December following a visit to Benghazi by then-Premier Giuseppe Conte, and Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio.