Dozens of migrants stranded on board the humanitarian ship Open Arms, which rescued them in batches, as they tried to cross the Mediterranean began to land on the Italian island of Lampedusa, the night before, according to scenes broadcast on television.
The Italian authorities allowed the landing of migrants on the small island, after an Italian prosecutor issued a decision, on the evening of yesterday, after the situation out of control in the ship, ordering the landing of migrants, and the detention of the ship belonging to the organization "Open Arms" Spanish humanitarian.
The Open Arms, which stopped off the coast of Lampedusa a few days ago in an attempt to obtain a landing permit and landing migrants, collided with the Italian authorities' refusal to receive them, making the situation even more tense as they felt desperate, especially since some have been on board since rescuing them off the coast. Libya 19 days ago.
When the ship stopped last Thursday off Lampedusa, it had 147 migrants on board, but that number dropped to 80 when it was docked on the island. Some migrants were evacuated in recent days for health or humanitarian reasons, and the other jumped into the sea, the first. From yesterday, try to reach swimming to the island.
The prosecutor's decision came after the ship's owner warned that the situation was "out of control", with Italy refusing to allow the ship to dock at its ports.
One of the migrants jumped into the water on Tuesday in an attempt to reach swimming in Lampedusa, the organization said in a tweet.
Hours later, she said nine other migrants followed him, throwing themselves into the water before being rescued by an Italian coast guard boat.
Madrid had offered (Sunday) to receive the ship at the port of Algeciras in southern Spain, but the organization said that acceptance of the offer «absolutely not possible», because of the distance and high tension on board the ship.
• When the ship stopped last Thursday off Lampedusa, it had 147 migrants on board, but that number dropped to 80 when it docked in front of the island.