March 22, 2023

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In Sicily, migrants throw themselves into the water to disembark

The Geo ParentsA humanitarian ship was docked on Sunday evening and Italian authorities allowed 357 people, including children, to disembark, while denying entry to 215.

At the end of their tragic odyssey, the migrants were stranded in the port of Catania on one of the humanitarian ships allowed to dock in Sicily by the far-right government. Georgia Meloney They threw themselves into the water on Monday and were frustrated that they could not get off. The leader of the post-fascist Fratelli d’Italia party has promised “to protect the borders” Italy by preventing NGO ships plying the Mediterranean from entering Italian ports to disembark the thousands of migrants they rescue each year. On Sunday, his government finally allowed only minors and those with medical problems to land. Two boats stopped at Catania and two others were refused, carrying a total of one thousand people.

A “tense” situation on board

Caught face-to-face between the NGOs and the new Italian administrator, the three migrants jumped ship. Geo Parents, a ship managed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) docked. Three men were quickly rescued, according to MSF. Moments later, a dozen migrants on the deck of the boat chanted “Help Us”, the AFP journalist noted. At the same time, more than 500 people in distress were rescued by Italian authorities and landed in Sicily after an NGO alarm phoned in, Syracuse’s mayor told AFP.. “They are first subjected to a medical examination and then identified by the police before they are distributed in receptions”, to exliqué Giuseppa expired.

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“We behave with humanity, but we are firm in our principles”, Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said in Rome this evening. Pointing to the arrival of migrants at other ports, he assured that there were still people on board. “Officials continue to monitor”. According to Italy’s interior ministry, more than 88,000 have arrived from the African coast since January 1. Democratic Senator Antonio Nicita visited the humanitarian ships anchored in the port of Catania. “The situation is tense” On the ship. “On the ships, tension reigns, humanitarians calm the spirits. Many migrants undressed in front of us and showed their private parts infected.He testified in reference to cases of scabies.

“state of emergency”

The Geo Parents It arrived at the docks on Sunday evening and Italian authorities allowed 357 people, including children, to disembark, while denying entry to 215. One of the migrants was evacuated by ambulance after complaining of severe abdominal pain, while others were increasingly vulnerable, MSF said on Monday. “Their situation, their level of psychological stress is very, very high.”Ricardo Gatti, MSF’s head of search and rescue, says: “Shipping has its limitations in terms of medical assistance”, he said. There is a German-flagged boat in the harbor Humanity 1, operated by the humanitarian charity SOS, landed 144 people on Sunday. There are still 35-year-old male migrants on board.

An Italian government order issued Friday says the ship is only allowed enough to identify passengers. “State of Emergency”. The ship’s captain, Joachim Ebling, insisted on Monday, defying orders to leave port. All rescued persons have the right to disembark in a safe port. “I’m not going anywhere with them”, he told reporters. Italy’s new government, the most right-wing since World War II, has vowed to take a tougher stance on immigrants. And Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, migrants rescued at sea are responsible for the state under whose flag the boats are sailing – in this case Norwegians and Germans.

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Matteo Salvini, a former interior minister who is part of the League’s ruling coalition, insisted there should be visits. “Discontinued”. “These are organized trips, increasingly dangerous, that finance arms and drugs.”, the current Deputy Prime Minister said on Twitter. Appeals were filed in Rome and Catania courts on Monday, SOS Humanity said. Amnesty International, for its part, believes that Italy “in violation of its international obligations”. In a statement, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) “Continue to urge European governments to quickly provide space for protection and allow the remaining 600 people on the NGO ships to disembark immediately”.