A ship with refugees on board can call at a port in Sicily. However, only women with small children and people suffering from the flu are allowed to leave the boat. (archive image)
“Humanity 1”, which has been waiting for a safe port for almost two weeks, is on its way to Catania, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said in Rome on Friday evening. The ship may anchor there until the migrants on board have been medically examined.
Underage migrants as well as pregnant women, women with small children or refugees suffering from fever are allowed to go ashore, Tajani said. But all people who do not meet these criteria would have to leave Italy’s territorial waters by ship.
Several rescue ships with a total of more than a thousand migrants on board are currently waiting in the Mediterranean to be assigned a safe port. According to their own statements, the sea rescuers of “Humanity 1” rescued migrants in three missions between October 22 and 24 who were in distress in the Mediterranean Sea.
Among them are more than a hundred unaccompanied minors. The federal government asked Italy on Thursday for “quick help” for the rescued refugees.
After taking office, Italy’s right-wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced that she would block the arrival of immigrants from Africa. Her interior minister, Matteo Piantedosi, said he could prevent the aid organizations’ ships and the migrants on board from coming to Italy.