Rescue at sea in the Mediterranean: rescue ship is allowed to dock in Sicily

Status: December 28, 2021 9:45 p.m.

Almost 600 people who have been crowding onto a small rescue ship for days. Italy has now allowed the Doctors Without Borders boat to dock in Sicily. The German “Seawatch 3” has to hold out at sea.

After more than a week of waiting at sea, Italy has allowed a rescue ship with 558 migrants on board to dock in the port of Augusta in Sicily. The people had been rescued from the Mediterranean by the organization “Doctors Without Borders” since mid-December. The last resort was at Christmas.

The German ship “Sea-Watch 3” with 440 rescued migrants on board is currently waiting for a safe harbor. Because of their state of health, the authorities have already taken some people off board, as the Berlin-based organization Sea-Watch announced. The crew had rescued the refugees and migrants on five missions in the Mediterranean since Christmas Eve.

Italy allows ships with more than 500 migrants to dock in Sicily

Rüdiger Kronthaler, ARD Rome, daily news 8:00 p.m., December 28, 2021

Ships wait for days in a safe harbor

In the past, the ships of private sea rescue organizations often had to wait days for a port in Europe to be assigned. The sea rescuers refuse to bring the refugees and migrants to Libya, from where many people make the crossing, because they are threatened with torture and other human rights violations.

The journey across the Mediterranean is one of the most dangerous escape routes in the world. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) so far this year at least 1,864 people have died or are missing during the crossing. The number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher.

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