The Lifeline and its 238 migrants (one was evacuated) have docked past seven o'clock this Wednesday afternoon in Maltese port of La Valleta, as reported by Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Mediterranean island. Muscat has reported that seven of EU's twenty-eight countries, in addition to Malta, have joined toger to offer a solution to Lifeline and will welcome some of migrants on board: Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland and Portugal. Italy had denied access to its ports almost a week ago.More information
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Europe has been giving exceptional solutions to each group of rescuers in front of Libya for three weeks. Valencia received last 630 saved by Aquarius, those collected by Italian coast Guard, a U.S. Navy ship and a Danish freighter were authorized to disembark in Italy after days of waiting and anor 948 were intercepted and returned to Libya by The coastguard of that country after delegating Italy in m rescue of seven Pateras.
This Wednesday morning, Lifeline had received permission from authorities to "enter Maltese waters to protect mselves from wind", according to a tweet published by NGO Seenotrettug, which operates ship. The waiting began to wreak havoc. "There are a lot of people who need medical attention, food is not right one. And biggest problem is dizziness, sun and waves. We have a baby, it is a matter of time that re are dead, "said Axel Steier, founder of German NGO Seenotrettung to this diary. Three of Bran are interned in clinic of this boat of 32 meters in length.
The night before captain had written to center asking permission to seek refuge from strong winds and bad sea, according to a previous tweet. They n remained stranded in front of Malta as European governments agreed how to split group before allowing m to disembark. It is already its seventh day on board. In addition to migrants, re is a doctor, two nurses and a fortnight of crew.
Steier has argued that he was minister of Interior of his country, Horst Seehofer of Bavarian CSU and has launched a pulse to Chancellor Angela Merkel on behalf of asylum seekers, which blocked entry of Lifeline to Malta and added that "all or polít Icos have shown availability to resolve "this crisis resulting from closure of ports to rescue NGOs seeking to land migrants by Italy and Malta. Valletta negotiates with its EU partners distribution of 239.
The humanitarian organization also defended itself in note of what it considered "false accusations" of ignoring orders of Rome's Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) and so Malta has announced that it will open an investigation. "It is important to underline that only order ship refused was to hand over people to so-called Libyan coastguard, as this does not respect Geneva Convention on Refugees and is refore illegal," y add.
"It is refore important to declare that Lifeline complied with all instructions of different maritime authorities as long as y complied with international law," y added. While boat awaits authorisation, Italy's Interior minister, ultra-right-wing Matteo Salvini, celebrated what he considers to be a new victory for his government, after he banned entry into its ports of NGOs with Bran on board.
This restrictive measure forced a week ago Aquarius boat to disembark in Spain with 630 immigrants, and has caused Lifeline to have been waiting in sea for six days.