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US News Italy could welcome the 180 migrants from the Ocean Viking

03:25  05 july  2020
03:25  05 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Norway starts work to excavate a Viking boat

 Norway starts work to excavate a Viking boat Buried about 50 cm underground in a tumulus covering a Viking burial, the boat of Gjellestad, named after the locality where it rests in the south-east of the kingdom, had been detected in 2018 thanks to a ground penetration radar. © Fredrik Hagen / NTB Scanpix / AFP Norway launched this June 26 the excavation of a Viking ship.

Italy is carrying out tests on 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean with a view to transferring them to a quarantine vessel in Sicily, an interior ministry The Ocean Viking , which has been in limbo in the Mediterranean south of Sicily, has been waiting for permission from Italy or Malta to offload the

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN (AFP) - After suicide attempts, fights erupting on board, and migrants jumping into the sea, charity The humanitarian group, whose vessel the Ocean Viking has been at sea for over a week with 180 migrants aboard, said it could no longer

L’équipe médicale à bord du navire humanitaire Ocean Viking procède au dépistage du Covid-19 sur les migrants, le 4 juillet 2020. on Monday © FLAVIO GASPERINI / EPA-EFE The medical team on board the humanitarian ship Ocean Viking is testing Covid-19 on migrants, July 4, 2020

The medical team on board the humanitarian ship Ocean Viking is testing migrants to find out if they are infected with the Covid-19. They could be transported on Monday aboard a quarantine vessel currently in Sicily.

The Italy is carrying out tests on the 180 migrants rescued by the humanitarian boat Ocean Vikin g in the Mediterranean with a view to transporting them aboard a quarantine vessel in Sicily, a source said on Saturday the Interior.

Members of a medical team dispatched by the authorities to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo "have established the absence of any particular health problems and have also reported that the tensions recorded on the boat (from the NGO SOS Mediterranean) are in the process of being appeased ”, according to this source.

With 118 migrants on board, the Ocean Viking awaits a landing port

 With 118 migrants on board, the Ocean Viking awaits a landing port The SOS Mediterranean ambulance boat is between the coasts of Malta and Italy, waiting to be able to dock in a port. © afp.com/Alessandro SERRANO The rescue vessel Ocean Viking, chartered by the NGO SOS Mediterranean, on September 15, 2019 off Lampedusa in Italy The Ocean Viking, which carried assistance Thursday in the Mediterranean to 118 migrants fleeing Libya, has already made "three requests" to Italy and Malta to be assigned a port of disembarkation, said Monday the NGO which charters the

Two migrants had begun a hunger strike, it said. On Thursday, two migrants threw themselves in to the Mediterranean, but were rescued. The charity group said that it had received a negative response from Italy and Malta after its first request for a port, and no replies to its six subsequent requests.

Image caption The Ocean Viking will continue its rescue mission off Libya. France has agreed to accept 150 of the migrants and Portugal up to 35. On Tuesday, about 100 migrants stranded aboard another rescue ship, the Open Arms, disembarked on the Italian island of Lampedusa after 19

Transfer to a port in Sicily

The medical team is testing the migrants to find out if they are infected with the new coronavirus, after which they will be transferred on board a quarantine vessel currently in Porto Empedocle, on the southern coast of Sicily.

"The situation is being carefully monitored with a view to the transhipment of migrants, scheduled for Monday July 6, on the Moby Zaza" , according to the same source.

More than a week of waiting

Brawls, suicide attempts, physical threats to the crew: the tension had become such on board that the humanitarian ship declared on Friday in a "state of emergency" , a first. Since Thursday, several fights had broken out, mainly between ethnic groups, and six suicide attempts had been recorded.

Migrants. The situation is getting worse on board the Ocean Viking

 Migrants. The situation is getting worse on board the Ocean Viking © Flavio Gasperini / SOS Méditerranée On June 25, 2020, the "Ocean Viking" collected 51 people crammed into a makeshift boat. The "citizen ship" chartered by the SOS Mediterranean organization now has 180 survivors on board. Some for a week. The wait begins to be long for those rescued by the Ocean Viking in international waters between Malta and Libya. Some have been on board the rescue vessel chartered by SOS Mediterranean since Thursday 25 June.

Rome (AFP) - Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said Friday its rescue boat carrying 180 migrants was in crisis and needed to disembark "After seven requests for a Place of Safety to the relevant maritime authorities within the past week and six suicide attempts by survivors within 24 hours, the

Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said Friday its rescue boat carrying 180 migrants was in crisis and needed to disembark immediately as "After seven requests for a Place of Safety to the relevant maritime authorities within the past week and six suicide attempts by survivors within 24 hours, the

It has been more than a week since the ship made its first request to allocate a port to disembark these people, but after several requests from the Italian and Maltese authorities - one of the rescues was carried out on the waters dependent on these two countries, while the other three were in those of Malta -, the Ocean Viking had so far received only negative responses from the two countries.

The 180 migrants, including Pakistanis, North Africans, Eritreans and Nigerians, were rescued by the ship of SOS Mediterranean during four separate operations, on June 25 and 30. 25 of them are minors.

Migration crisis: Pope Francis denounces the “hell” of detention camps in Libya .
© VATICAN MEDIA / AFP Pope Francis during his homily, July 8, 2020. During his first trip outside Rome, there at the age of seven on the island of Lampedusa, he denounced "the globalization of indifference" in the face of the drama of migrants. The Argentine Pope celebrated a Mass on Wednesday July 8 at the Vatican in memory of those who risk their lives to reach Europe.

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