The Ocean Viking, the ship of the humanitarian organization SOS Méditerranée, rescued 73 migrants yesterday Tuesday in two operations in international waters
The Ocean Viking, the ship of the humanitarian organization SOS Méditerranée, rescued 73 migrants yesterday Tuesday in two operations in international waters, off the coast of Libya, the non-governmental organization announced today.
The NGO’s teams initially rescued 33 people, including four minors – two of them unaccompanied – who were on board “an unseaworthy and overcrowded wooden boat”, Marseille-based SOS Méditerranée said.
A short time later the Ocean Viking rescued 40 people – including ten women, nine unaccompanied minors and three children under the age of 4 – who were in a “sinking and dangerously listed vessel”.
After the two new rescues, and after two previous operations over the weekend, 146 migrants are on board.
Since the beginning of the year, 1,762 migrants have gone missing in the Mediterranean, including 1,295 in the central Mediterranean, the world’s most dangerous migration route, according to the International Organization for Migration. The UN agency estimates the number of people who drowned or went missing at 2,062 Mediterranean in 2021, of which 1,567 in the central Mediterranean.
Every year thousands of people fleeing their countries to escape poverty and conflict try to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea from Libya, whose coast is about 300 kilometers from Italy.
Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, head of Italy’s post-fascist Adelfia party, vowed yesterday to block the arrival of migrants from Africa, while more than 1,300 people are currently in dire straits in the Mediterranean, according to Alarm Phone , a non-governmental organization that operates a migrant helpline.
Her government’s new interior minister, Matteo Piandedozzi, has announced plans to block NGO ships rescuing migrants at sea from docking in Italy, reinstating the highly controversial policy of anti-immigration party leader Matteo Salvini. League and Deputy Prime Minister Meloni.
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