The Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms on Saturday transhipped some 255 migrants recovered last week at sea. It positioned itself off the coast of Trapani (western Sicily), the Spanish NGO said on its Twitter account.
The 184 adults and 71 unaccompanied minors were transferred to two Italian ships for quarantine. They come from around twenty African countries, specifies the NGO.
At least five migrants had drowned Wednesday in the sinking of their boat loaded with a hundred people in the Mediterranean, despite the intervention of Open Arms. A six-month-old baby from Guinea had also died while awaiting rescue, despite the efforts of the medical team aboard the Open Arms.
Before Saturday’s transshipment, the Italian coast guard had evacuated ten people from the boat in need of emergency care.
The year 2020 is marked by an upsurge of boats in the central Mediterranean, the deadliest migratory route in the world for candidates for exile to Europe, mainly from Libya and neighboring Tunisia. (ATS / NXP)