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Malta allows a group of migrants to disembark after saving a boat with more than 90 people

May 27, 2020

The Maltese authorities allowed a group of 27 migrants rescued from a boat with more than 90 people on board to land on the island, the Maltese Armed Forces (AFM) reported on Wednesday.

In a statement, they said that the nine children and 18 women on board the rescued ship, when it was in trouble in the search and rescue area of ​​Malta, disembarked “for humanitarian reasons” on Tuesday evening.

The rest of the migrants rescued two days ago were transferred from an AFM patrol boat to one of the three Captain Morgan Company tourist boats that the Maltese authorities use to receive migrants after they closed their ports in April. due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Malta allows a group of migrants to disembark after saving a boat with more than 90 peopleMalta allows a group of migrants to disembark after saving a boat with more than 90 people

According to the Xinhua agency, the three ships with which the migrants who have been operating since April 30 were received have currently more than 350 people on board.

Last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) asked authorities in Malta and other European countries to speed up the process of disembarking the 160 people on board ferries after attempted suicide on board had.