A German humanitarian ship carrying more than 800 rescued migrants, including 15 very young children, rammed into a Sicilian port on Sunday after being allowed by Italian authorities after waiting several days in the Mediterranean.
Charity Group C-I Said Ship c-i 4 Was assigned to the port of Trapani in western Sicily on Saturday evening. Most adults were to be transferred to other ships for preventive quarantine against COVID-19, while some 160 minors, including children and other children under the age of 4, were to be taken to shelters on land.
Many of the travelers came from countries in West Africa, Egypt or Morocco, said Giovanna Di Benedetto, an official at Save the Children in Italy.
cheers from the riders c-i 4 SkyTG24 TV reported that it could be heard at Trapani’s dock as the ship approached.
About half of the migrants were rescued from a sinking wooden boat on 4 November, while the other passengers were pulled from the sea in separate missions.
C-I officials lamented that Malta, a European Union island nation in the central Mediterranean Sea, had not responded to a wooden boat’s distress signal in the Maltese search-and-rescue area.
Meanwhile, another charity ship, ocean viking, with 308 migrants, was still awaiting a port assignment near Lampedusa, a small Italian island south of Sicily.
humanitarian organization SOS Mediterranee, which operates ocean viking, tweeted that his team was looking for the boat in distress south of Lampedusa on Friday night. The charity tweeted that the Italian Coast Guard “finally coordinated and completed the rescue requesting assistance”. ocean viking.
Separately, Coast Guard working in rough seas rescued two people including four family members ocean viking For medical treatment, including burns, SOS Mediterranee said.
on Saturday, c-i 4 Received deliveries of food and blankets, while waiting to know where migrants could store food on the ground. doctor rider c-i 4 He had treated 25 people for injuries commensurate with the torture, as well as for hypothermia, sea sickness and high blood pressure.
UN refugee agencies have long condemned the practice of torture in detention camps in Libya, where migrants often stay for weeks or months, until human traffickers arrange their passage on vulnerable boats.
The number of migrants daring the dangerous central Mediterranean crossing has risen to more than 54,000 this year. Nevertheless, the numbers are dramatically lower than in 2014–2017, when 120,000–180,000 people arrived in Italy each year, often in rare smugglers’ boats.