Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Migrants in Italy boat dispute disembark on Lampedusa

Migrants in Italy boat dispute disembark on Lampedusa

The charity said it was still awaiting a safe port for the remaining 41 migrants, calling on Malta to send a vessel as the Alex could not make it to Valletta.

When the Alan Kurdi presented it change into once following the Alex to Lampedusa despite the risk, it tweeted: "We're now not intimidated by a Minister of Internal nonetheless as a exchange head in opposition to the nearest port of security".

The ministry also said the crew, part of the Mediterranea non-governmental organisation, would be placed under investigation for abetting illegal immigration. Mediterranea tweeted that its exhausted crew were living through a "surreal situation", and prolonging the wait was "an unnecessary cruelty".

Last month, Salvini issued a decree introducing fines of up to 50,000 euros ($57,000) for the captain, owner, and operator of vessels "entering Italian territorial waters without authorization".

Several days later, a Sicilian judge ordered that Rackete be freed as she had just been doing her job to save lives, a decision which infuriated Salvini.

"It is no longer permissible to proceed on a case by case basis, seeking solutions in emergencies, with growing political difficulties and very serious hardships", the Italian and Maltese ministers said, referring to the ad hoc agreements reached on various cases over the past year.

Photographs showed dozens of migrants and asylum-seekers seeking shelter from the sun under survival blankets on the narrow deck of the 18-metre sailboat. He said he had informed the European Commission of that Friday and asked it to coordinate.

"Dear German government, I'm not reopening the ports ... if anything we're going to put ..."

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"We cannot allow ships with rescued people on board to be left sailing the Mediterranean for weeks because they can't find a harbor", Seehofer wrote in a letter.

Libya, which has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 uprising that killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi, has always been a major transit route for migrants, especially from sub-Saharan Africa, desperate to reach Europe.

Last Saturday, a 17-day standoff between Italy and a rescue ship ended when the German captain defied orders and forced her way to a dock in Lampedusa's main port.

Rackete was placed under house arrested but was later released by a Judge.

Pope Francis on Sunday called for "humanitarian corridors" to help rescue migrants in response to that air strike.

Italy's coalition government, which includes the right-wing League, blames European partners for leaving it alone to deal with sea arrivals. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Salvini has attempted to block Italian ports to rescue ships, as tensions rise over the worldwide response to the migration crisis.

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