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Italy migrant crisis: 180 migrants allowed off rescue ship

Italy migrant crisis!
06 July 2020 - 17:38 - Update: 06 July 2020 - 17:46

Italy has given permission for 180 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean to disembark from a charity-run ship.

The decision comes after a stand-off that lasted more than a week.

The Ocean Viking, operated by rescue group SOS Méditerranée, declared a state of emergency on Friday, citing fears for the safety of both migrants and crew.

The migrants are set to be transferred to a government vessel in Sicily on Monday and will quarantine for 14 days.

Medics have already tested those on the Ocean Viking for Covid-19. Results are expected on Monday.

The migrants are from a range of countries including Pakistan, Eritrea and Nigeria. They had fled the coast of Libya when they were rescued in four separate groups between 25 and 30 June.

They include 25 minors, most of whom are unaccompanied by adults and two women, including one who is pregnant.

The ship had been awaiting permission to allow the passengers off the vessel in either Italy or Malta.

Source: BBC News (Click for further of the article)

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