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Open Arms declares that the situation on board the ship is “unsustainable”

August 17, 2019


The NGO Open Arms has warned on Saturday that the situation aboard its rescue vessel is “unsustainable” after 17 days without finding a port with 134 migrants rescued on board.

In a video posted on Twitter, Open Arms founder Oscar Camps has confirmed that there are “constant fights and discussions” between passengers, creating “unsustainable” tensions.

The ship is now right on the Italian coast of Lampedusa after Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini denied his entry into the country.

Salivini has again accused the non-governmental organization (NGO) of fighting a “political battle, certainly not humanitarian” to flood Italy with immigrants and has expressed doubts that the thirteen migrants evacuated from the ship so far had health problems, as the NGO claimed.

However, the doctors of the Knights of Malta, a Catholic charity that previously addressed the Open Arms, found 20 immigrants with scabies and several with bladder infections.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who disagrees with Salvini in the midst of an impending government crisis, has called for the urgent evacuation of minors, at least, and has confirmed that at least six EU countries (France, Germany , Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania and Spain) have agreed to accept Open Arms immigrants if they are landed.