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Persons on board SeaWatch disembark in Catania

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The SeaWatch with the 47 rescued persons on board has docked in the Sicilian port of Catania after a two-week wait with the crew fearing legal action as Italy’s far-right interior minister tries to stop new arrivals.

The Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, which had been waiting off the coast of Sicily with the people it rescued in the Mediterranean on January 19, was finally given the permission to anchor in Catania on Thursday after six other countries agreed to take them in.

The exhausted persons, including 15 minors, cheered and hugged the crew as the ship sailed into the harbour, an AFP correspondent reported.

France, Germany, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Luxembourg said they would share the care of the mainly sub-Saharan African group.

It was not clear whether Italy would also host some of them.

via Al Jazeera


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