ON BOARD THE OPEN ARMS (Information) – Migrants danced and burst into track as a rescue ship introduced them into the Italian port of Taranto at daybreak on Tuesday, days after they had been discovered drifting in a rubber dinghy within the Mediterranean.
The 62 largely West and Central Africans packed up their bedding earlier than coming ashore, celebrating the top of a political tussle over their destiny – Italy had initially refused to take them and solely relented on the weekend.
“Hopefully they’ll go away these horrible experiences they’ve lived behind and Europe will deal with them with humanity,” mentioned a spokeswoman for the Spanish charity Open Arms, which discovered the migrants 50 miles off Libya on Wednesday final week.
Italy mentioned the charity’s ship Open Arms ought to drop the migrants off in Tripoli below worldwide preparations. However Rome modified its place after the coastguard evacuated 11 different members of the group, together with younger youngsters and several other injured.
The Italian authorities has taken a tough line towards immigration and has beforehand resisted makes an attempt by rescue ships to land migrants in its territory.
There have been practically 1,000 confirmed deaths on the three principal migration routes throughout the Mediterranean to date this 12 months, in keeping with the Worldwide Group for Migration.
Reporting by Juan Medina; Writing by Nathan Allen; Modifying by Andrew Heavens