Milan, September 17
More than 70 migrants on a rescue ship awaiting permission to dock in southern Italy jumped into the ocean in frustration Thursday and had been picked up by Italian authorities off Palermo, a Spanish humanitarian group stated.
The group’s ship, which can be known as Open Arms, had been carrying some 280 migrants and refugees rescued final week within the central Mediterranean as they tried to succeed in European shores in flimsy boats. Video confirmed the migrants who jumped carrying life jackets.
Ten of the Open Arms migrants had additionally wanted to be rescued on Wednesday after they jumped into the ocean off Sicily’s southern coast, once they had been knowledgeable that close by Malta had refused them entry, the NGO stated. The ship then headed for Palermo, on Sicily’s northern coast, the place it awaited directions on the place to disembark its passengers.
On Monday, Italy allowed 27 migrants who had spent some 40 days aboard a Danish tanker to be delivered to land aboard an Italian humanitarian rescue ship. The tanker had rescued them from the central Mediterranean after their vessel sank.
Humanitarian teams complain that the European Union is abandoning migrants making the harmful sea crossing from North Africa. They say that the EU is as a substitute bolstering the Libyan Coast Guard, with the objective of stopping migrants from departing the lawless nation the place many complain they’ve confronted torture.
Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo, stated Thursday that his small island nation is unable to absorb any extra migrants and refugees. Speaking after a gathering along with his Spanish counterpart on Madrid, Bartolo stated it was as much as the EU to arrange a system to take care of migrants rescued by NGOs or service provider ships. AP