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Salvini tells rescue ship carrying 65 migrants to stay away from Italian territorial waters

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Voice of Europe
May 17, 2019

A ship operated by the German rescue charity Sea Watch rescued 65 migrants near Libya. Italy’s right-wing interior minister Matteo Salvini said he doesn’t want them “getting near Italian territorial waters”, and vowed to block the ship from docking in Italy.

“I have just signed an injunction order against them getting near Italian territorial waters. Our ports are, and remain, closed to migrant rescue boats”, Salvini wrote in a tweet.

The Sea Watch 3 rescued the migrants from a rubber raft some 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of the Libyan port of Zuwara, a spokesman for the German charity said.

The group included 11 women and seven children, it added.

Sea Watch 3, a Dutch-flagged ship, informed authorities in Italy, Malta, Libya and the Netherlands about the rescue.

“We’ve requested safe harbor assignment and are awaiting instructions,” the charity wrote on Twitter.

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This article was posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 at 6:14 am





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