75 migrants rescued by MSF ship off Libya disembark in Naples

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 28 Apr 2023, 10:16 AM
alwasat radio

A group of 75 migrants rescued by the Geo Barents ship operated by the French non-governmental organization Doctors without Borders (MSF) disembarked in the port of Naples on Thursday morning.

The group included 40 minors, of whom 35 unaccompanied minors aged between 14 and 17 according to the municipal welfare department, and 13 women.

They were rescued on Monday afternoon after their wooden boat got into distress off the coast of Libya.

The arrivals will be accommodated temporarily in a former Covid hospital pending their transfer to reception facilities in the coming days.

Also on Thursday, the Nadir sailboat operated by German NGO Resqship disembarked on Lampedusa with 41 migrants and refugees rescued on Wednesday in the Maltese search and rescue area.

Among those rescued were seven woman and a 4-year-old child.
"The situation on the Med is dramatic. After only a few hours in the area our crew was informed of numerous sea emergencies. Our demand therefore remains unchanged: Protect people not borders," said the NGO on Twitter.
The group, from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and South Sudan, said they had set sail from Sfax in Tunisia early on Tuesday and that they had paid between 2,000 and 4,000 Tunisian dinars (600-1,200 euros) for the crossing.

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