Immigration: Malta forbids docking of ship carrying migrants

Refuses Italy's request; 111 illegal immigrants on board,4 kids

05 August, 14:31

    (ANSAmed) - VALLETTA, AUGUST 5 - At least 111 would-be immigrants rescued off Libya's coast are stuck on board a Liberian-flag tanker after Malta's government did not allow the captain to dock in Valletta's port.

    The MV Salamis rescued the migrants, including four children, about 45 miles from the Libyan coast at the request of Italian authorities. The captain claims Italy asked Malta to dock but Malta refused on the grounds that the safest port was Tripoli. Three Navy patrol boats blocked access to the port of Valletta and the MV Salamis is currently 25 miles off Malta awaiting instructions. The three children have been taken to Malta's Mater Dei hospital for treatment.

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