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US News Coronavirus. Italy imposes a quarantine in Sicily on the humanitarian ship Ocean Viking

21:10  07 july  2020
21:10  07 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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

L’Ocean Viking, le 6 juillet 2020, dans le port de Porto Empedocle, en Sicile. © GIOVANNI ISOLINO / AFP The Ocean Viking, July 6, 2020, in the port of Porto Empedocle, Sicily.

The Italian maritime authorities on Tuesday imposed a quarantine on the Ocean Viking off the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle, where the humanitarian ship landed overnight 180 migrants gathered at sea, announced its charterer SOS Mediterranean.

"As indicated by the maritime authorities, the ship is now at anchor, outside the port of Porto Empedocle , where the crew was asked" quarantine two weeks, said the NGO which charters the ambulance boat , on board which is an AFP journalist.

After 10 days of blocking at sea, the 180 migrants brought back on board during four operations on June 25 and 30 were finally able to disembark on this port, after the tests carried out on Sunday July 5, on the Ocean Viking by the Italian authorities turned out to be negative.

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.

These people, mainly Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, North Africans and Eritreans, including a pregnant woman and 25 minors, were immediately transferred to a ferry to be placed in quarantine too.

Rescue operations have resumed since June 22

The Ocean Viking, departing from its home port of Marseille, in the south of France, had resumed on Monday June 22, its rescue operations after three months of related stoppage to the pandemic of the new coronavirus.

This recovery was articulated with an explosion of attempts to cross the Mediterranean from the Libyan and Tunisian coasts since the beginning of the year. During the first six months of 2020, attempts to cross this maritime migration route, the most deadly in the world according to the UN, have increased by 150% compared to the same period last year.

And Italy fears that the bulk of the contingent of humanitarian ships, which have gradually resumed operations in recent weeks, will arrive after a period of about a month during which no more NGOs were on the ground.

The mayor of Porto Empedocle thus demanded Monday July 6, the sending of the army to "protect the citizens", deploring the arrival of migrants while Sicily, poor province of the extreme south of Italy, suffered greatly from confinement.

Syria: Russia, the key to a possible extension of UN cross-border aid .
© Provided by Le Point The ONU decides on Friday on a German-Belgian resolution extending identically the authorization cross-border humanitarian aid to Syrians, expiring in the evening. Three days after a veto, will the Russia block this vital assistance again? During the night of Thursday to Friday, Moscow put on the table of the Security Council a new counter-project reducing this authorization, seeming to indicate that it was going to use its veto again, according to diplomats.

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