20/04/2023 – 09/05/2023
- On April 29, 2023 Italy’s Rescue Coordination Centre ordered a merchant vessel to return 30 rescued individuals to Libya. On April 27, 2023 Alarm Phone reported two boats in distress after escaping from Libya. The first was carrying 50 people, while the second counted about 30 to 35. In both cases, civil fleet carried out SAR, due to the lack of state actors willing to intervene.
- On April 24, 2023 Alarm Phone reported numerous shipwrecks off Italy and Libya, dozens of bodies at the shores of Tunisia and 26 ongoing distress situations at sea. More than 100 bodieswere recovered off the coasts of Libya and Tunisia: by 25 April the bodies of at least 57 migrants were found off the coast of western Libya after several boats sank in the Mediterranean. On 25 April, 2023 Italian officials stated that more than 2,200 migrants departing from North Africa had been rescued and brought to a reception centre on the island of Lampedusa over just 24 hours.
- On May 4, 2023 Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni received Libyan military officer Khalifa Haftar in Rome. The meeting focused on cooperation in migration flows management and the stabilization of Libya as well as North Africa.