ROME, 2 Sep. –
The Italian Coast Guard has authorized the 31 migrants and refugees still on board the 'Mare Jonio' to land for “health reasons,” according to the NGO Mediterranea Seving Humans, who had accused the Italian government of keeping these people as ” hostages “for political reasons.
The 'Mare Jonio' rescued about a hundred people last week in the Mediterranean. Despite the fact that the acting Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, expressly prohibited the entry of the ship into Italian waters, 64 migrants were transferred to the land – minors, women and sick people.
The NGO had denounced in recent days the worsening of the conditions on board due to the lack of basic supplies and the bad weather, so it has now celebrated that “the odyssey is over and on the horizon there is a bit of humanity” . “'Welcome to Europe!” He proclaimed on Twitter.
The permit for the 'Mare Jonio' coincides with the arrival at the port of the 'Eleonore', which also expected permission to dock with about one hundred people on board. The 'Eleonore' received the final authorization after challenging the Government by entering without permission in territorial waters of Italy.