Four migrants from the ship of the Spanish Open Arms NGO disembark for medical treatment, in the port of Lampedusa, Italy. Nine others on board were allowed to land the previous evening. The NGO called for the landing of all migrants, saying ‘humanity requires it’.
- Four migrants from the ship of the Spanish Open Arms NGO land for medical treatment, in the port of Lampedusa, Italy. EPA-EFE/STR
Six EU countries are ready to take in some of the migrants currently stranded on board the migrant rescue ship Open Arms off Lampedusa, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Thursday.
“France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg have told me that they are ready to welcome the migrants,” Conte said in an open letter addressed to Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
Earlier, Italy’s defence minister blocked a new decree by Salvini to ban the Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome.
The humanitarian rescue ship Open Arms is anchored Thursday off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The migrants had been saved from boats in the Mediterranean this month.
Both Italy and Malta have refused Open Arms permission to dock and unload its passengers.