Two charities running rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea have said Italy has ignored requests to allow their ship to bring 356 refugees and migrants ashore, exposing Europe’s latest failure to deal with African migration.
The Norwegian-flagged ship, Ocean Viking, stranded at sea for 13 days awaiting port access, has been denied entry by Malta and its two requests to Italian authorities have gone unanswered, the charities said on Wednesday.
The ship is carrying mostly Africans from Sudan, plucked from the sea in four separate missions. They include more than 100 minors, about 90 of them unaccompanied, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) said.
Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego reports from Lampedusa.
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