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The ‘Ocean Viking’ disembarks the 182 migrants and rescued refugees in Messina

September 24, 2019


The rescue ship 'Ocean Viking', operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranée, landed on Tuesday in the Italian port of Messina the 182 migrants and refugees who had rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Last minute: the 182 migrants and refugees who remained aboard the Ocean Viking finally disembark in Messina, Italy. We ask the EU leaders for guarantees that there will be no further delays in the assignment of a safe landing place for people rescued, “said MSF, in a message posted on his Twitter social network account.

On Monday, the Italian authorities authorized the landing in Sicily of the 182 migrants rescued by the 'Ocean Viking',

“The Italian maritime authorities have assigned Messina as a safe place for the 182 survivors on board,” announced MSF and SOS Mediterranée, who see in this permit “a sign of hope” to achieve a policy change within the European Union.

The Italian Government had already allowed another landing of the 'Ocean Viking', in an evident turn of the policy that it had maintained during the last year and a half. Thus concludes the doctrine of “closed ports” promoted by the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, which accuses NGOs of promoting human trafficking.