ROME, Oct. 29 (DPA/EP) –
Almost a thousand migrants rescued in the Mediterranean wait aboard the boats of various NGOs awaiting the assignment of a safe port by the authorities of the countries in the area.
The German ship ‘Humanity 1’ with almost 180 people on board has made up to six requests to the authorities, explained a spokesman for the NGO SOS Humanity, owner of the ship. So far, only one child has been able to leave the ship, evacuated by the Italian Coast Guard after suffering acute abdominal pain.
Also the ‘Ocean Viking’ of SOS Méditerranée and the ‘Geo Barents’ of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are awaiting safe harbor assignment.
Volunteers from the ‘Geo Barents’ rescued another 119 people from a wooden boat on Friday night, MSF reported on Twitter this Saturday. In total there are 570 men, women and children on board, compared to 230 on the ‘Ocean Viking’.
Until now, Italy has agreed to take in migrants rescued at sea, but the inauguration of the government led by far-right Giorgia Meloni has put on the table its electoral promise to stop the arrival of migrants.