Alan Kurdi to get OK to dock if sea conditions worsen

Other EU States agreed to take all but 25 migrants - Lamorgese

24 September, 17:14

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEP 24 - Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said Thursday that the Alan Kurdi, a migrant-rescue ship run by the Sea-Watch NGO, has been allowed to take shelter from rough seas off Sardinia and would get the OK to dock if conditions get worse.

    The ship, which has over 130 asylum seekers on board, is sheltering in front of the port of Arbatax.

    It had been wandering around at sea for several days waiting to be assigned a port of safety as at least four countries, Germany, France, Malta and Italy, had been unwilling to take it in.

    "The Alan Kurdi ship is not up to taking very rough seas and they asked to enter Arbatax and take shelter in the natural harbour," Lamorgese told a parliamentary committee.

    "We have granted shelter and we have spoken to other European countries, which have said they are willing to take all but 25, who would stay in Italy.

    "The port is closed.. but if the sea conditions worsen, they will be allowed to disembark, with the understanding that, even though they must do 14 days of quarantine, they will immediately be relocated elsewhere.

    "Only 25 would remain in Italian territory". (ANSAmed).

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