Italian Court Allows Rescued Migrants to Disembark as Hundreds More Remain Stranded at Sea

Aug 15, 2019

In the Mediterranean, a Spanish rescue ship is headed for an Italian port with 147 migrants on board, after a court overturned the Italian Interior Ministry’s order keeping the ship out of Italian waters. The ship, Open Arms, was trapped at sea for nearly two weeks after it was banned by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Another rescue vessel, the Ocean Viking, has more than 350 migrants aboard a ship equipped to hold no more than 250 people. Both Malta and Italy have denied a berth to the ship since it rescued migrants over two weeks ago. Aid groups say more than 600 migrants have died at sea trying to reach Europe from North Africa.

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