Others 48 migrants aboard the ship of the Spanish NGO Open Arms, which is located off the Italian coast of Palermo, have thrown themselves into the sea out of desperation, after 76 people did so on Thursday.
The ship rescued some 270 migrants in various operations in the Central mediterranean Between September 8 and 11, and on the night of September 15, the Italian Coast Guard dealt with the evacuation of two pregnant women and the husband of one of them, which Malta rejected.
“Italy formally knows the limit situation of the Open Arms and leaves us abandoned 1,500 meters from Palermo, without any solution or information. unnecessarily lengthens suffering on board not only the rescued, but also the crew, “said a member of the NGO on social networks, who specified that” another 48 people have jumped into the water. “
The 76 migrants who jumped into the sea on Thursday to try to swim to the Italian coast were rescued and taken to boats of the Italian Coast Guard, so they have not returned to the ship of the Spanish NGO. Open Arms has criticized in recent days that no European country authorizes a port in which to dock.
The Italian authorities on Wednesday allowed the Spanish boat to head towards the waters of Palermo (Sicily, south), where it remains awaiting the indications for him landing.