Ship with 54 migrants who can not dock in Italy
MILAN: An Italian humanitarian group banned from robbing said Friday that it refuses to bring 54 rescued migrants to the sea. malt due to the distance and psychological conditions of those aboard one of their boats.
Mediterranea Saving Humans tweeted that his ship was located on the island further south of Lampedusa, on the outskirts of Italian territorial waters, and that he has been banned from entering Italian jurisdiction by ministerial decree. The migrants were rescued from a rubber boat on Thursday. Libya .
The NGO said the decree is illegitimate because it can not be applied to a ship that transports people rescued at sea, and because Italy can not prohibit an Italian-flagged ship from entering its waters.
malt says it will take the migrants in a deal with Italy to take an equal number already in malt . The deal, announced by malt late Thursday, appears aimed at avoiding what would be the 21st stand-off since Italy's populist government has begun refusing any port access to humanitarian groups rescuing migrants at sea.
Italy has insisted that the Libya n coast guard intervene and the migrants be brought back to Libya , which NGOs say is against maritime law since Libya is not a safe harbor, as emphasized by the bombing of a migrant center this week that killed dozens.
Italy argues that the presence of ships encourages smugglers and that Italy has been unfairly trapped with the burden of managing arrivals from North Africa for the rest of Europe.
The new drama at sea follows a 17-day clash between Italy and a German rescue ship that ended when the captain defied orders and headed to a dock in the main port of Lampedusa. She is under investigation for disobeying orders and allegedly helping illegal immigration.