Royal Oak Tribune

1,100 migrants in limbo as ports to rescue ships shut


MILAN >> Two German-run migrant rescue ships carrying nearly 300 rescued people were waiting off the eastern coast of Sicily on Saturday, one with permission to disembark its most vulnerable migrants while the other’s request for a safe port has gone unanswered despite “critical” conditions on board.

Chaos and uncertaint­y has resulted from the decision late Friday by Italy’s far-right-led government to close its ports to humanitari­an rescue ships.

Nearly 1,100 rescued migrants aboard four ships run by European charity organizati­ons are stuck in the Mediterran­ean Sea, some with people rescued as long as two weeks ago amid deteriorat­ing conditions on board.

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