- The "Alan Kurdi" claimed to have rescued 65 people from an inflatable boat in the Mediterranean on Friday and has since been in international waters off Lampedusa.
- Salvini demanded that the ships be deprived of the German flag.
- Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Tunisian Coast Guard recovered 14 bodies from a boat that had launched from Libya and capsized.
The German aid organization, Sea-Eye wants to bring 65 rescued migrants to Malta. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini forced the ship in Lampedusa to turn back. The German rescue ship “Alan Kurdi” had been waiting for hours in front of the Italian island. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had strictly forbidden the ship to enter the port.
“We can not wait for the emergency to break out on board,” Sea-Eye Operations Officer Gorden Isler said on the phone on Saturday. Without help on board, the situation will be critical in two to three days, Isler said. In Malta, the “Alan Kurdi” is expected to arrive on Sunday afternoon.
“If the leaders are serious about Italian Home Secretary criticism, they can let us run into Malta, where both rescued and crew could land safely,” Isler was quoted as saying in a Sea-Eye Communication. He appealed to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) to take the rescued and send them to some of the helpful German communities.
The “Alan Kurdi” claimed to have rescued 65 people from an inflatable boat in the Mediterranean on Friday and has since been in international waters off Lampedusa. An offer by the Libyan Coast Guard to call Savya city port as a “safe haven” was refused by the rescue ship. On Saturday morning, Sea-Eye said on Twitter that the Italian police delivered a decree “The port is closed.”
Horst Seehofer (CSU) had appealed to his Italian counterpart to arrange rescue ships – in vain. Salvini instead demanded that the ships be deprived of the German flag.
Alex may invest in Italy for investigation purposes
Meanwhile Alex, an Italian rescue vessel, was given permission to land in Lampedusa. This was announced by the Italian Interior Ministry in the evening. The ship, with 41 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean, had previously entered an Italian port, contrary to Salvini’s ban. Malta was ready to accept the migrants aboard “Alex,” but the ride was too dangerous, said a Mediterranean NGO.
Salvini had first announced that he himself would not allow anyone from the Alex to land. The decision to let people ashore is now being investigated by the police.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Tunisian Coast Guard recovered 14 bodies from a boat that had launched from Libya and capsized. A total of 80 people were on board, said the Red Crescent aid organization. The fate of other passengers was not clear at first. In May, after another capsizing, at least 65 people drowned after leaving Libya along the Tunisia coast.