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Sea-Watch in Italian waters with migrants

May 20, 2019

MILAN — The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch says its ship carrying 47 migrants has entered Italian waters despite an explicit ban by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Sea-Watch said Saturday it flouted the ban for humanitarian reasons, moving toward the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Italy on Friday transferred some migrant families with small children from the Sea-Watch 3 to Lampedusa, but it has continued to refusing landfall to others. But Sea-Watch said the others were equally in need of relief, saying many suffered from seasickness and dehydration, as well as trauma from their time in lawless Libya and on a smugglers’ boat.

“After this unacceptable, discriminating separation, the medical and psychological situation onboard the ship became unbearable, and the crew could no longer ensure the safety of the rescued people,” Sea-Watch said.

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