Rescue migrants can land in Italy after spending a few days at sea


Rome — A German philanthropic vessel carrying 257 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean, anchored in Sicily on Saturday after granting permission by Italian authorities, a few hours later, a French humanitarian ship carrying 549 migrants. The support vessel received a similar port allocation.

Sea-Watch 3 set sail at the port of Trapani in western Sicily after spending several days in limbo at sea. Among the immigrants on board were 70 minors, some traveling without adults while on their way to Europe. Healthcare workers were conducting COVID-19 testing on migrants.

German maritime rescue group Sea-Watch said Italian authorities assigned a port to the vessel on Friday after the conditions of the sea in the central Mediterranean deteriorated.

Italy has urged the European Union this week to pressure EU member states to take some of the thousands of asylum seekers who have arrived in the country in recent months. This is the sharp rise since 2020. And there was no immediate signal that the latest proposal by the Italian government would prove to be more effective.

French charity SOS Mediterranee said on Saturday that Italy granted a port permit to an ocean viking carrying 549 passengers, including a three-month-old baby rescued in six separate operations this week. The Vikings were scheduled to arrive at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily on Sunday.

The Italian Coast Guard dropped an migrant from the boat on Friday night for medical reasons. This is the fourth evacuation from the Ocean Vikings these days.

In the influx, Italian conservative leader Matteo Salvini, whose allies are members of the country’s widespread coalition government, is determined to prevent the flow of immigrants to the Italian coast by Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Insists on acting as.

Associated Press