Sea-Watch Saves Dozens More Migrants Off Libya
Rome, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th May, 2019 ) :German charity Sea-Watch reported rescuing 65 migrants in distress off Libya on Wednesday, sparking an immediate warning from Rome to stay away from Italian waters.
Many among the group were dehydrated and exhausted, Sea-Watch said in a statement, adding "In the Mediterranean there are fewer witnesses but not fewer departures" by people trying to reach Europe.
Last January Sea-Watch 3 picked up 47 migrants who then had to spend 12 days at sea before being allowed to disembark at Catania in Sicily after a deal was struck with several European countries to take them in.
Salvini called for the ship to be seized for aiding clandestine immigration and the vessel was blocked for three weeks in Catania before being allowed to leave without charges.
The vessel finally sailed again on Saturday with the non-profit organisation saying it was now the only civilian rescue ship in the central Mediterranean as other charity vessels remain caught in administrative and legal red tape.
Over 60 migrants rescued at sea by the Italian navy and a charity ship disembarked in Italy last Friday, despite Salvini's "closed ports" policy, while three died and dozens more went missing after another migrant boat capsized off TunisiaRome's populist government has taken an increasingly hard line on migration, and Salvini, head of the anti-immigrant League party, last month banned charity vessels from rescuing migrants off Libya.