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The ‘Ocean Viking’ asks Italy and Malta for a port to disembark the 218 migrants rescued

September 20, 2019


The 'Ocean Viking', the rescue boat of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranée, has asked the authorities of Malta and Italy a safe harbor in which to disembark the 218 rescued migrants currently on board.

As explained by MSF, so far the Libyan maritime authorities “have not offered another alternative to Joms for the landing” of those rescued in four operations this week, but the NGO maintains that Libya is not a safe place for migrants and refugees, since who are arrested, tortured and even victims of slavery.

The 'Ocean Viking' rescued on Thursday night another 36 people who were in a wooden boat in international waters after an operation coordinated by the Maltese authorities. On Monday, the ship had already proceeded to two other bailouts while on Wednesday it made a third.

Last Saturday, the ship of SOS Mediterranée and MSF had landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa the 82 migrants who had rescued after the new coalition government between the 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party gave its approval , in a turn regarding its policy of closed ports with Matteo Salvini as Minister of the Interior.