The 353 refugees on the rescue ship

Sea-Watch 4

are allowed to land in the port of Palermo, Italy.

The aid organization Sea-Watch announced this on Twitter.

Before going ashore in the Sicilian capital, they should first be taken to a ship for preventive quarantine.


The

Sea-Watch 4

was also on Saturday night to the 200 rescued aboard another 150 people from the ship

Louise Michel

added.

The ship sailing under the German flag made an emergency call on Friday evening because it was unable to maneuver.

However, the Italian and Maltese coast guards have not responded. 

There

are many injured

on board the

Sea-Watch 4

, and the ship has a small clinic on board.

Nevertheless, Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui from Doctors Without Borders called the conditions on the ship "unsustainable".

It is difficult to adhere to the corona measures.

Doctors Without Borders cooperates with the German association Sea-Watch in operating the ship.


The organizations involved in sea rescue in the Mediterranean had criticized the EU again in the past few days.

Sea-Watch International tweeted "Shame on the EU!" Because the European authorities refused to help.

In a joint communication from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN refugee agency UNHCR, the two institutions demanded that the people on board the

Sea-Watch 4

and the

Louise Michel

be allowed to go ashore "immediately".

"The lack of an agreement on a regional disembarkation mechanism, which has long been called for by the UNHCR and IOM, is no excuse for denying vulnerable people safe haven and the aid they need, as required by international law," the two UN agencies shared With.


In Italy, the number of refugees arriving in boats has skyrocketed this summer.

According to the UNHCR, more than 42,000 people have arrived by sea in Italy, Greece, Spain, Malte and Cyprus since the beginning of the year.

The UNHCR puts the number of people who died or went missing during the crossing at 443.


The numbers are lower than in previous years, when more than 123,000 and 141,000 people fled by sea.

Since 2014, a total of 19,583 people have died or are missing during the crossing.