Rescue ship with 41 migrants onboard flouts Italian ban to dock in Lampedusa

Rescue ship with 41 migrants onboard flouts Italian ban to dock in Lampedusa

An Italian rescue ship carrying 41 migrants flouted the country’s ban on Saturday to dock on the island of Lampedusa  

The Alex ship from the Mediterranea NGO docked in Lampedusa in the late afternoon. Migrants were allowed to disembark in the early hours on Sunday. The NGO tweeted that they had broken the law “out of necessity.”

 

“We are living through a surreal situation and it is unnecessarily cruel to prolong the wait,” it added.

Meanwhile, German humanitarian group Sea-Eye has decided to sail its Alan Kurdi ship towards Malta after being stranded in international waters off Lampedusa with 65 rescued migrants on board.

“In the evening, the Alan Kurdi changed its course towards Malta. We cannot wait until the state of emergency prevails,”  .

“Now it has to be proven whether the European governments stand by Italy’s attitude. Human lives are not a bargaining chip,” they added.

The Sea-Eye said on its Facebook page that the crew of the Alan Kurdi ship brought the African migrants onboard their vessel early Friday. They were found in a large dinghy about 55km off the coast of Libya

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