World The Ocean Viking took in 180 migrants in five days

07:40  01 july  2020
07:40  01 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Italy: migrants in psychological distress on board the Ocean Viking

 Italy: migrants in psychological distress on board the Ocean Viking © CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP The ship “Ocean Viking” docked at the port of Marseille on July 29, 2019. A state of emergency has been declared on board of the Ocean Viking this Friday. The ship is currently awaiting instructions off Sicily, Italy. Last week, SOS Mediterranean 's sea rescue boat carried out four rescues of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb and South Asia. The Ocean Viking has been waiting for a port of disembarkation for more than a week, with 180 people on board.

Some 118 of them fled Libya and were rescued five days ago by the SOS Méditerranée aid ship, which is circling waiting to be assigned a port of disembarkation.

Crew members of the Ocean Viking rescue ship approaching an inflatable boat carrying some 85 migrants in the Mediterranean on Friday.Credit Anne Chaon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

L'Ocean Viking a porté assistance, jeudi 25 juin, à une centaine de migrants « à la dérive » sur des embarcations en bois. © ALLESSANDRO SERRANO / AFP The Ocean Viking assisted, on Thursday, June 25, a hundred migrants "adrift" on wooden boats.

The SOS Mediterranean humanitarian ship saved 63 migrants on Tuesday, bringing the number of people rescued over the past five days to 180. The Ocean Viking set sail again on June 22 after three months of stoppage due to the health crisis.

The Ocean Viking assisted Tuesday, June 30, 63 migrants who were trying to cross the Mediterranean to join the Europe , bringing to 180 the number of people collected by the humanitarian ship in five days .

First, 47 migrants adrift in a blue wooden boat, men mainly from Bangladesh , South Sudan , Pakistan or Ghana , were collected at the end in the afternoon by the SOS Mediterranean ambulance boat.

The 180 migrants rescued by the ship Ocean Viking disembark in Sicily

 The 180 migrants rescued by the ship Ocean Viking disembark in Sicily © Antonio Parrinello, Reuters The Ocean Viking arrives in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, on July 6, 2020. After an eventful crossing from Libya, 180 migrants rescued in Mediterranean by the humanitarian ship Ocean Viking began Monday evening to land in Sicily. They will be placed in quarantine. They are exhausted but relieved to have finally arrived in Europe.

The migrants were rescued by the Ocean Viking near the Italian island of Lampedusa AFP. After just over a week at sea, tensions are running high on the Ocean Viking , the charity ship that pulled Now it's almost seven days ," explained Said, wearing a Paris Saint-Germain track suit and with his

The migrants were transferred from the Ocean Viking to a coastguard vessel before being taken ashore, Italian TV pictures showed. Mr Salvini, the leader of the far-right League and former ally of Mr Di Maio's, pulled out of the coalition with his Five Star party last month in a bid to trigger new elections.

As in the two operations carried out by the ship last Thursday, these 47 people were crammed into a wooden boat fitted out by hand with a motor.

They were rescued at "30 nautical miles (about 55 kilometers) south of (the Italian island of) Lampedusa in international waters under Maltese responsibility" , said SOS Mediterranean, which charters the boat on which a AFP journalist is on board.

Three days and three nights at sea

According to the first information gathered, these migrants fleeing the Libya spent three days and three nights at sea, before the intervention of the ship flying the Norwegian flag.

During the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, 16 Tunisians, including four children and a woman, claimed to have left the Tunisian coast from Zarzis the previous evening to join Lampedusa, to whom the rescuers assisted. The operation took place 40 nautical miles (about 74 km) south of this island, said SOS Mediterranean.

Thursday, June 25, following the resumption of its activities after three months of stoppage linked to the health crisis, the Ocean Viking had assisted 118 migrants also fleeing Libya in two boats. During the night of Monday to Tuesday, one of them, who was immediately placed in quarantine in the context of the health crisis linked to the Covid-19 , benefited from a medical evacuation on board a ship Italian coastguards.

France condemned by European justice for the expulsion of children to the Comoros .
© AFP / Alexander Joe It is aboard a kwassa-kwassa, a traditional boat that migrants have tried to reach Mayotte La France was severely condemned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday for the detention and expulsion of two children of 3 and 5 years old who entered Mayotte illegally in 2013. The State will therefore have to pay 22,500 euros to the two children and their father for non-pecuniary damage. In November 2013., the two children left Comoros on board of a kwassa-kwass

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