In Sicily, immigrants who are prevented from disembarking jump into the water

Migrants stranded aboard one of the humanitarian boats authorized to dock in Sicily by the far-right government of Giorgia Meloni threw themselves into the water on Monday, November 7. While only minors and people with medical conditions were allowed to disembark on Sunday, two ships were able to dock in Catania while two others remained off Italy.

Caught in the face-off between the NGOs and the new Italian executive, three immigrants jumped from the geobarents, a ship in the port managed by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The three men were quickly recovered, according to MSF. Shortly after, a dozen more migrants on the ship’s deck chanted “Help Us”noted a journalist from Agence France-Presse (AFP).

At the same time, more than 500 people, previously reported in danger by the NGO Alarm Phone, were rescued by Italian authorities and landed in Sicily, Syracuse prefect Giuseppa Scaduto said. “First they undergo a medical examination, then they are identified by the police before being distributed to the reception structures”explained Scaduto.

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357 migrants allowed to disembark, 215 remain stranded

METERme Meloni, leader of the post-fascist Fratelli d’Italia party, has pledged to “defend the borders” of Italy by preventing NGO boats operating in the Mediterranean from entering Italian ports to disembark the thousands of migrants they rescue every year. According to the Italian Ministry of the Interior, more than 88,000 people have arrived from the African coasts since 1Ahem January.

Democratic senator Antonio Nicita, who visited the humanitarian ships anchored off the port of Catania, believes that “the situation is tense” on board. “Nervousness reigns on the ships, the humanitarians calm things down. Many migrants undressed in front of us to show us infections in their private parts”he testified, referring to cases of scabies.

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the geobarents docked on Sunday night, with Italian authorities allowing 357 people to disembark, including children, and denying entry to another 215. One of the migrants was later evacuated by ambulance after complaining of severe abdominal pain, MSF said on Monday, emphasizing that others were increasingly vulnerable. “His situation, his level of psychological stress is very, very high”says Riccardo Gatti, head of search and rescue for MSF. “The ship has its limits in terms of medical assistance”he has said.

“I’m not going anywhere with these people on board”

In the port there is also the ship under the German flag. humanity 1, operated by the SOS Humanity charity, which landed 144 people on Sunday. On board are still 35 adult male migrants. An Italian government decree issued on Friday states that the ship was only allowed to dock long enough to identify passengers at ” emergency situation “.

The ship’s captain, Joachim Ebeling, defied the order to leave port and insisted on Monday that “every person rescued has the right to disembark in a safe port”. “I’m not going anywhere with these people on board”he told reporters.

Italy’s new government, the most right-wing since World War II, has vowed to take a hard line on migrants. Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said migrants rescued at sea are the responsibility of the state under whose flag the ships sail, in this case. Norwegian and German.

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Appeals were filed in courts in Rome and Catania on Monday, SOS Humanity said. Amnesty International, for its part, estimated that Italy ” hurt[gnait] its international obligations.. In a statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) “continue to urge European governments to quickly provide a safe and secure place [à] authorize the immediate disembarkation of the nearly 600 people who remain on the NGO boats”.

The world with AFP

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