The Maltese Navy refused to rescue a group of migrants who were floating in Maltese waters when trying to reach Italy via the Mediterranean and instead instructed them to reach the transalpine country, a joint report released this Wednesday published by the Italian newspapers “Avennire” and the British newspapers “The Guardian”.
Pictures of these newspapers show that the Maltese Navy refused to rescue a small plastic boat with 101 asylum seekers on board that was in the sovereign waters of Malta.
Some of the migrants who arrived from the shores of Zloten, a Libyan city east of Tripoli on April 8, even jumped into the water thinking they would be saved, but they didn’t.
They discovered Malta three days after starting their trip. “We saw very large merchant ships,” said one of the survivors. “They didn’t get close, and around 5 am when morning came we saw Malta, we saw the buildings. Everyone was happy,” he said.