After days of waiting, the Doctors Without Borders organization landed 367 refugees and rescued migrants in the Mediterranean. Maritime rescue ship “Geo Barents” docked in the port of Palermo in Sicily yesterday evening. There, according to the helpers, people, including 172 children, were to be tested for coronavirus and then divided into reception and quarantine camps.
According to the ANSA news agency, Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlanda arrived at the port when the ship arrived. The social democrat said, “Let us overcome selfishness and political cunning.”
rescued by dinghy and wooden boats
“Geo Barents” carried people in inflatable and wooden boats on several missions last week. Since the weekend, the ship has been waiting for permission to enter a port.
Concerns grew over the forecast of a violent storm in the area southeast of Sicily and south of Calabria. The ship has now got the green signal from the Italian authorities. “Words cannot describe the joy and relief on board,” the organization tweeted.
Many refugees and migrants settle on the shores of North Africa in the hope of a better life in boats to move to the European Union. They often arrive in Italy or are picked up by marine rescue teams. But if the Coast Guard intercepts them in Libya, for example, they will be deported.
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