The 27 migrants, who were rescued by a freighter in Tunisian waters on August 4th, disembarked in the Italian port of Pozzallo on Saturday, days after they had been transferred to the Mare Jonio, operated by the NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans.
“This ends the longest and most embarrassing situation in European maritime history,” said the NGO in a message posted on its Twitter account for social networks. The migrants were brought to the Mare Jonio on Friday by the freighter ‘Etienne’ owned by Maers Tankers, where they stayed for 38 days.
Maers Tankers has also confirmed the Pozzallo landing and expressed its wish that the migrants receive “the physical and psychological attention they need” while thanking Mediterranea Saving Humans.
The landing in the port of this Sicilian city came after the NGO denounced that the Maltese authorities had refused their application for a safe harbor. “Malta again violates international laws and human rights,” he criticized on Friday.
The situation of migrants on board the ‘Etienne’ has deteriorated in the last few days and on 6 September three of them jumped from the ship into the waters of the Mediterranean due to the desperate situation, despite being rescued and brought back on board.