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World Italy: The landing of the 180 migrants rescued by the Ocean Viking has started in Sicily

15:20  07 july  2020
15:20  07 july  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide

  Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide ROME (AP) — A sea rescue charity said Friday that its ship carrying rescued migrants declared an onboard state of emergency in the Mediterranean Sea after six migrants tried to kill themselves and the distress of others that no country would let them on land put the safety of the crew and other survivors at risk. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement that some of the 180 migrants aboard have started physical fighting among themselves or been threatening fellow survivors and crew members. The charity said it lodged seven requests for permission to enter a safe harbor, but Italy and Malta said no.

The 180 migrants aboard the Ocean Viking rescue ship began disembarking in a Sicily port late on Monday, according to the NGO SOS Mediterranee. They were at sea for over a week, after being rescued by the French NGO between June 25 and 30. The ship's docking request had been ignored

Italy has authorised charity vessel Ocean Viking to disembark 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean in Sicily , ship operator © Shahzad ABDUL Anne (R) , a medic of French NGO SOS Mediterranee takes the temperature of migrants rescued by members of the boat Ocean Viking , off

The migrants should now be placed in quarantine for at least two weeks on a ferry

L'Ocean Viking dans le port sicilien de Porto Empedocle, le 6 juillet 2020. © Fabio Peonia / AP / SIPA The Ocean Viking in the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle, July 6, 2020. RESCUE - Migrants should now be placed in quarantine for at least two weeks on a ferry

After an eventful crossing from the North African coast, 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by the humanitarian ship Ocean Viking began Monday evening to land in Sicily, to be placed in quarantine.

In single file, surgical mask on the face and carrying their meager belongings in a backpack which had been given to them on their arrival on the Ocean Viking, the migrants , mainly Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, North- Africans and Eritreans who fled Libya, started to leave the ambulance boat around 11.40 p.m. (21.40 GMT).

The Ocean Viking about to disembark 180 migrants in Sicily

 The Ocean Viking about to disembark 180 migrants in Sicily © Giovanni ISOLINO The Ocean Viking, chartered by SOS Mediterranean, maneuver in the port of Porto Empedocle in Sicily, July 6, 2020 Eleven days after the first rescues , the humanitarian ship Ocean Viking was preparing to enter the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle on Monday evening, where the 180 migrants it has collected in the Mediterranean will be transferred to be placed in quarantine.

Italy on Sunday authorised charity vessel Ocean Viking to transfer 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to a ship in Sicily for They have been on the Ocean Viking for over a week, with fights and suicide attempts on board prompting the charity to declare a state of emergency on Friday.

Almost 200 migrants rescued by a humanitarian aid boat in the Mediterranean Sea began to leave From the deck of the Ocean Viking , migrants who have waited for more than a week to disembark could The 180 migrants -- from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria and North African countries

???? UPDATE After a day of waiting, the landing of the 180 survivors of the #OceanViking took place shortly before midnight.

Thank you to the citizens & organizations who have supported us in recent days.

We ask the EU to facilitate the immediate disembarkation of survivors of #Talia . pic.twitter.com/wELcTMFYIa

- SOS MEDITERRANEE France (@SOSMedFrance) July 7, 2020 Quarantined on a ferry

Migrants tested negative for coronavirus on Sunday by an Italian medical team were the first to be evacuated. After nine days of blocking at sea, the Italian maritime authorities had authorized on Sunday the ship of the NGO based in Marseille SOS Mediterranean, on board of which an AFP journalist, , to dock in the Sicilian port from Porto Empedocle .

Ocean Viking: the 180 migrants will disembark in Sicily on Monday

 Ocean Viking: the 180 migrants will disembark in Sicily on Monday © AFP / Shahzad ABDUL Relief on board: The Ocean Viking has finally received the instruction to go to Porto Empedocle, in #Sicily. The 180 survivors will be unloaded at the port tomorrow. "Relief on board", reacts this Sunday the NGO SOS Mediterranean. The Ocean Viking, a ship it has chartered to assist migrants in danger, will be able to disembark the 180 survivors cared for between 25 and 30 June in Maltese waters.

Italy on Sunday authorised charity vessel Ocean Viking to transfer 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to a ship in Sicily for quarantine, the ship's operator and the government said. Those on board exploded with joy at the announcement that their ordeal amid the cramped conditions on the

Italy on Sunday authorised charity vessel Ocean Viking to transfer 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to a ship in Sicily for quarantine, the ship's operator and the government said. Those on board exploded with joy at the announcement that their ordeal amid the cramped conditions on the

The migrants' journey is far from over, however. Because of the coronavirus, they should be placed in quarantine for at least two weeks on the Moby Zaza ferry, moored about 100 meters from the Ocean Viking.

This huge white ferry has been welcoming 200 other migrants for two weeks rescued at sea by the humanitarian ship Sea Watch, then also placed in quarantine. Thirty of them tested positive for coronavirus will remain on board in isolation in a "red zone", while 169 others were evacuated ashore Monday. The vessel was then disinfected.

Tensions on the SOS Mediterranean ship

Since morning, Ocean Viking migrants have been waiting for this landing in Sicily, looking at the coast from the deck of the boat. "I am very happy that we have finally found a safe place for a safe life," said Mohammad Irshad, a Pakistani man happy to be able to celebrate his 23rd birthday soon in Italy. "It was very difficult in Libya and I can't even explain the joy we feel today, it's just incredible."

The Ocean Viking took in 180 migrants in five days

 The Ocean Viking took in 180 migrants in five days © 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.

Italy has allowed humanitarian rescue vessel Ocean Viking to transfer 180 migrants on board to a ship in Sicily for quarantine. The migrants , in limbo for days at sea on the Mediterranean, are now being tested for Covid-19, with fears some might have the virus.

Italy has allowed humanitarian rescue vessel Ocean Viking to transfer 180 migrants on board to a ship in Sicily for quarantine. The migrants , in limbo for days at sea on the Mediterranean, are now being tested for Covid-19, with fears some might have the virus.

The wait in recent days to be allocated a port of disembarkation had created great tensions, with in particular physical threats to the SOS Mediterranean team emanating from a small group of North Africans who had pushed the NGO to to declare themselves Friday in a state of emergency for the first time in its history.

"The unnecessary delay in this landing put lives in danger," said SOS Mediterranean, deploring in particular the lack of European "solidarity".

Sicilians worried

The resumption of activity in the Ocean Viking took place against a backdrop of strong resumption of crossings of the central Mediterranean. And Italy fears that the largest contingent of humanitarian ships will arrive.

The mayor of Porto Empedocle on Monday demanded that journalists massed at the port send the army to "protect the citizens", deploring the arrival of migrants. Sicily, a poor province in the far south of Italy, suffered greatly from the confinement.

"The image given to Italians and internationally is negative with the many cases of coronavirus. Here [in Sicily], we have made considerable efforts to ruin ourselves economically to avoid contamination. There are none here. My town sees its image tarnished "when it counts on the resumption of the tourist season to restart its activity, added Ida Carmina.

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