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A vessel owned by a non-governmental organization managed to rescue 84 migrants who were on a rubber boat off the coast of Libya.

And SOS Mediterranee reported that among the people rescued by the Ocean Viking were 58 unaccompanied minors, and that “some of the survivors suffer from dehydration and hypothermia.”

The organization added that they would disembark the survivors at the port of Ravenna (north of the Adriatic coast), which is four days from the site of the rescue operation, after receiving permission from the Italian authorities.

And international non-governmental organizations involved in rescue operations for migrants in the Mediterranean early last month denounced the Italian far-right government’s statement about its desire to “obstruct the provision of assistance to people in distress”, according to a decree from rescue operations at sea, which, according to them opinion, will lead to new cases of drowning.

The decree is “clearly aimed at non-governmental search and rescue organizations, but those who will pay for it are people who have encountered problems during operations to cross the Mediterranean,” MSF and 20 MSF said in a joint statement. other organizations. .

The Italian decree requires ships to be sent “immediately” to an Italian port after each operation, which would “limit the rescue capabilities” of the boats, especially since they tend to carry out consecutive rescue operations, and thus this migratory route will become “more dangerous “. , and it is one of the most life-threatening in the world.

Source: AFP

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