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Shots fired at migrant rescue ship

Under fire: Shots came from Libyan boats during rescue mission PICTURE: SEA-EYE/PA

RESCUE crews came under fire as they went to the aid of migrants trapped on a stricken dinghy in the Mediterranean, say charity bosses.

The unprecedented incident happened as the crew of rescue ship Alan Kurdi helped save 90 migrants off the coast of Libya on Saturday, said Gorden Isler of German-based charity Sea-Eye.

As the crew handed life jackets to men and women aboard a white dinghy, Libyan boats arrived and tried to hamper the rescue operation, he added.

Men on the speedboats fired ‘warning shots’ into the air and sea and pointed mounted guns at the rescuers, who were in ‘total shock’, said Mr Isler.

All the migrants were brought on board, but a woman on the dinghy may have suffered a miscarriage, he said.

The Alan Kurdi is now heading north towards Europe, the charity chief added.