Italy accepts 900 migrants but 600 more continue onto Spain
An Italian coast guard vessel has docked in Sicily with more than 900 migrants aboard, evidence that Italy's new anti-migrant government is still taking in some asylum-seekers but is forcing the rest of Europe to accept others. Crew aboard the Diciotti began disembarking passengers in Catania's port early Wednesday. At the same time, the Aquarius vessel of the aid group SOS Mediterranee continued its dayslong westward voyage to Spain, where it was rerouted after Italy and Malta refused it entry.
News 2 migrant rescue vessels suspend operations after Italian intervention The other, the Seefuchs, or Sea Fox, docked in Malta after Italy questioned its
Amid the ongoing controversy over immigration, the owners of two rescue boats say Italy has forced them to stop operating .
Amid the ongoing controversy over immigration, the owners of two rescue boats say Italy has forced them to stop operating.
One of the boats, the Lifeline, has 224 people on board whom it rescued off the coast of Libya. Italy says it will seize the Lifeline for.
The other, the Seefuchs, or Sea Fox, docked in Malta after Italy questioned its registration.
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Three NGOs have suspended migrant search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean citing threats from the Libyan Coast Guard, leaving what Similar from the Web. Migrant rescue vessels suspend operations after Italian . Amid the ongoing controversy over immigration, the owners of two
Aquarius rescue ship carrying migrants arrives at the Port of Valencia on June 17, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. The new Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez offered Valencia for safe disembarking, after Italian far-right Interior minister Matteo… (CNN) - Amid the ongoing controversy over immigration
The boats are operated by German nongovernmental organizations. Operators insist they are registered in the Netherlands, which has denied responsibility for them.
Danilo Toninelli, the Italian minister of infrastructures and transport, said on Twitter that the Italian government will sequester the Lifeline and investigate whether it is in violation of international laws.
The Lifeline "is without the tools to guarantee safety to the migrants and crew," Toninelli said. "Human lives must be saved, but it must be done legally and safely."
During a Facebook Live post from his office earlier this week, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said the Lifeline "forcefully boarded 224 illegal migrants in Libyan waters" despite warnings by the Italian coast guard that Libyan authorities were in charge of the rescue. Salvini refused to let it dock in Italy.
Tensions between Italy, France heat up as migrant ship diverted to Spain
Italy summoned the French ambassador and demanded an apology as it ramped up its standoff with Paris over migration on Wednesday. The new populist Italian government challenged France to take in more asylum seekers after French President Emmanuel Macron accused them of cynical, irresponsible behavior for refusing entry of a rescue ship with hundreds of migrants on board.In addition to summoning the French diplomat, Italy also canceled a planned between the countries’ finance ministers and warned that diplomatic relations have been compromised.
Air patrols will continue after decision, which was driven by threat from Italy to veto entire rescue operation .
Rescue vessels suspend operations after Italian intervention . 'Exhausted' migrants rescued from ship begin four-day journey to Spain. Shortly after the agreement was announced Tuesday, Mission Lifeline, the German NGO operating the vessel , reacted on Twitter, posting a screenshot of the news
The Lifeline insists it is registered with Dutch authorities.
Gorden Isler, a spokesman for Sea-Eye, which operates the Seefuchs, said it "was forced to cease" its rescue mission without picking up any immigrants because Italy questioned the ship's "flag status."
He said the ship is registered as a "pleasure vessel," not for commercial use, so it has suspended operations until it is properly registered.
"After more than two years of intensive cooperation with the Italian and Dutch authorities, this procedure is completely incomprehensible," Isler said.
Previously, the Aquarius, a ship carrying hundreds of rescue migrants,. The new populist government demanded that other European nations help deal with the immigration issue despite protests in Rome supporting the migrants.
The Aquarius arrived Sunday in Spain.
It had been left to drift for two days between the Italian and Maltese coasts, becoming a symbol of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.
Libyan coastguard says 100 migrants may have drowned near Tripoli .
Around 100 people are thought to have drowned from a migrant boat off Libya's western coast, a coastguard official said on Friday. The coastguard picked up 14 survivors from the boat just east of the capital, Tripoli, the official said.Separately, the coastguard said it had intercepted 200 migrants from two other migrant boats east of Tripoli.Libya is one of the main departure points for migrants trying to cross to Europe by sea, usually in flimsy inflatable boats provided by smugglers that often get punctured or break down.