The Maltese authorities have approved the landing of 51 migrants and refugees who were rescued on Friday by a Lebanese livestock carrier, the Talia 52, in which they have been trapped in poor condition for days.
The migrants were brought ashore in a Maltese military ship and taken ashore to an internment center. The alarm phone, which receives warning calls from boats in need, has published pictures of the evacuation.
This organization has confirmed that the Maltese authorities hung up “repeatedly” when they first wanted to inform them about the boat on which the 51 migrants were traveling. In recent days, calls for a safe landing have increased.
“My ship is designed to transport animals, not humans,” said Talia 52 captain Mohamad Shaabab. “Even if we could have cleaned up the house, it would still not be good for people,” he warned.
The authorities in Malta and Italy have been reluctant to accept rescued migrants at sea in recent months, citing medical reasons and the termination of resettlement programs in other European Union countries.