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To understand Britain’s role in the refugee crisis, it helps to zoom out a bit. So here’s the view from the middle of the Mediterranean, where I’m writing this aboard a Médecins Sans Frontières rescue boat. Earlier this morning, the crew rescued nearly 1,000 Eritrean refugees who are fleeing one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships. The boat is now at twice its capacity, but the Italian coastguards have asked us to stay here instead of returning to Sicily. This is because, in the surrounding waters, we can see several other migrant boats for whom the other rescue missions in the area don’t have the space either.
Yvette Cooper has suggested the UK should welcome 10,000 refugees from the Middle East, with each town housing 10 families. Our panellists give their verdict
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In Taiz, Yemen's third city, two major hospitals have already closed due to a supply shortage caused by a blockade imposed by Houthi fighters, Medecins Sans Frontieres or Doctors without Borders (MSF) said.

"#Yemen International Hospital and the military hospital, the biggest in #Taiz, have shut their doors because the rebels refused to allow us to deliver drugs and medical supplies," Salah Ibrahim Dongu'du, a project coordinator at #MSF, told Al Jazeera over the phone.

"Safwa Hospital is closing today, and Rawda hospital can only accept emergency cases," he said. "The medical situation in Taiz is not good. It is catastrophic."


Major hospitals in Sanaa and Taiz facing closure due to supply shortages as fighting continues to rage, NGOs say.
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In a statement on Tuesday, Médecins Sans Frontières said doctors treated four patients exhibiting symptoms of exposure to chemical agents on Friday in Aleppo province, including two children, one aged three and a five-day-old baby, but did not ascribe responsibility for the attack.

#MSF, citing testimony by the family, said a mortar shell hit their home after which yellow gas filled their living room. “Personally, I’ve never encountered these symptoms before, and clinical features and the evolution in time were highly suggestive of intoxication by a chemical agent,” said an MSF doctor, who requested anonymity. “I think we are never prepared to face this kind of atrocities among civilian population and children. As medics, we are trained to react in difficult and stressful situations, but events like this are overwhelming.” 
Fears grow over Isis chemical warfare capability as doctors find patients from frontline town of Marea have symptoms indicating exposure to toxic agent
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I don't mean for this to sound at all flippant but if you are willing to spend the massive amounts for these people smugglers to take you on rotted leaky boats, then shell out the minute amount for live preserves for yourself & family members. It's a small price to pay for staying alive & making it to safety.
In every situation like this, people who cannot swim drown if they aren't strong enough to get on a life boat, if any are available. See how many men are sitting in that life boat. What chance has a woman or child got to even get to it? They are the biggest losers here. It's survival of the fittest & to hell with anyone else.
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Boat carrying up to 600 migrants capsizes off coast of Libya
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Head of the Programmes Unit at MSF UK, Andre Heller Perache speaks to the BBC. He recounts the rescue operation performed by MSF and others to help a capsized boat off the shore of Libya.
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In Amman, Jordan, the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders runs the region’s only specialist reconstructive surgery hospital for victims of war, offering free treatment and rehabilitation for people with severe and complex injuries.

It’s thought to be one of the only hospitals in the world dedicated to carrying out highly sophisticated procedures such as facial reconstruction, microsurgery and tissue expansion for survivors of war.
We visit the only hospital in the Middle East dedicated to free reconstructive surgery for people injured in war.
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Last week 65 people, most of them civilians, were killed in coalition air strikes in the city of Taiz, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said, which has also seen heavy fighting between rival forces.
An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition backing pro-government forces in Yemen kills 31 people in the northern province of Hajjah.
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On 6 August, the Bourbon Argos and the MY Phoenix (run jointly with MOAS) worked together with the Italian coast guard to complete the most complex and dangerous rescue so far.

The boat was extremely overcrowded and listing from side to side. The only way to stabilize it was to have those who could swim to jump into the water and hold on to large flotation devices.

Everyone was extremely relieved when the 603 people were bought on board the boats safely, with the tragedy of the day before still fresh in everyone's minds. Later that night, all 603 people were transferred to a Norwegian ship, the Siem Pilot for safe passage to Italy.
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