403 refugees, who were brought to safety by the Norwegian rescue ship “Ocean Viking” during five rescue operations off Libya in the past few days, landed in the port of the southern Italian city of Taranto this morning. Refugees included 132 unaccompanied minors and twelve pregnant women.
As the aid organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF), operator of the ship, announced, the people were housed in a „hotspot“ in Taranto. They come mainly from Morocco, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria, Mali and Somalia.
„Alan Kurdi“ should arrive in Malta
Meanwhile, the German ship „Alan Kurdi“ with 77 people on board should arrive in Malta. They were picked up by two boats off Libya on Saturday. They come from 20 different nations, as the aid organization Sea-Eye reported.
The Spanish rescue ship “Open Arms” rescued another 79 people yesterday. This increases the number of people on board the ship to 237. The rescue ship operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms is waiting for a port to be assigned.