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A group of migrants picked up by the Danish tanker Maersk Etienne

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picture captionThe Maersk Etienne picked up the migrants in early August

A bunch of migrants rescued by a Danish tanker within the Mediterranean have been allowed to land in Italy after greater than 40 days at sea.

The 27 individuals – together with one pregnant girl – set off from Libya on 2 August.

Danish tanker the Maersk Etienne picked them up shortly afterwards when their vessel began to sink.

However the ship was denied permission to dock in any nation for greater than a month. The migrants lastly disembarked in Sicily on Saturday evening.

On Friday the group had been transferred to a rescue vessel operated by the NGO Mediterranea Saving People. They had been delivered to the port of Pozzallo.

“This places an finish to the longest and most shameful stand-off in European maritime historical past,”

Mediterranea wrote on Twitter.

It comes concurrently Greece is struggling to deal with greater than 12,000 migrants on Lesbos after the Moria refugee camp was destroyed in a hearth.

What occurred on the Maersk Etienne?

In keeping with the ship’s operator Maersk Tankers, Maltese authorities requested the crew to choose up the struggling migrants. Malta has denied it made the request, and mentioned the rescue occurred outdoors their territorial waters.

This led to a stand-off, with Italy and Libya additionally refusing to take the group, Maersk mentioned.

“The crew have executed their finest to make life as acceptable as doable nevertheless it’s not situations you possibly can supply anybody for this prolonged time frame,” Maersk technical director Tommy Thomassen advised the BBC.

Each the crew and the rescued individuals turned more and more pissed off as provides started to run low and governments refused to permit them to dock.

One man, recognized as Gasim, threw a message to reporters from MaltaToday which requested them to name his household in Sudan and inform them he had not died within the Mediterranean. The pregnant girl – Embetta, from Cameroon – advised the journalists: “We do not even want to come back to Malta if the Maltese don’t desire us. We simply need assist, we need to get off this ship.”
In latest days three of the migrants even jumped overboard to attempt to make it ashore. They had been rescued once more by the crew shortly afterwards.
Maersk Tankers mentioned they organized for the migrants to switch to the Mediterranea ship after “the rescued individuals’ situation referred to as for quick care in appropriate medical amenities”.

The NGO mentioned the migrant had been in “critical psycho-physical situations” after 38 days on broad.

media captionMigrant disaster: Rescue boat child 5 years on

Final week the UN – together with the Worldwide Group for Migration and the Worldwide Chamber of Transport – referred to as for the “quick disembarkation” of the rescued individuals.

“The Maersk Etienne fulfilled its duties, however now finds itself in a diplomatic sport of move the parcel,” an announcement learn.
Earlier this month one other rescue vessel was given permission to disembark 353 rescued migrants on Sicily after comparable calls from the UN. They are going to be quarantined on board a ship in case of coronavirus earlier than they land within the port of Palermo.

What’s occurring within the Mediterranean?

Some 19,400 migrants have landed on Italy’s shores thus far this 12 months, in contrast with about 5,200 in the identical interval final 12 months, in accordance with official information cited by Reuters information company.

The UN says 40,000 individuals have arrived in Europe by sea in 2020 and greater than 400 individuals have died or have gone lacking attempting to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa.

The query of how you can cope with the mass arrivals of migrants, primarily to Italy and Greece, has divided the EU for years.

Italy and Greece have accused wealthier northern nations of failing to do extra, whereas quite a few central and jap nations are overtly proof against the concept of taking in a quota of migrants.

The European Fee will current a a brand new pact on migration and asylum on 30 September.

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