France ready to take some Sea Eye migrants

epa07230714 French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner (2-L) talks to the press as he visits the Christmas Market, in Strasbourg, France, 14 December 2018, where a terror attack took place. Cherif Chekatt, the perpetrator of the Christmas Market attack, has been killed, at a building rue de Lazaret, in the Neudorf district of Strasbourg, on 13 December 2018. Three people died following the shooting at the market and several more were seriously injured during the incident on 11 December 2018. EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

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French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner  announced that France is ready, along with several other European partners, to welcome 20 out of the 60 migrants stranded off Malta aboard the migrant rescue vessel Alan Kurdi operated by NGO Sea Eye, said on Friday.

Castaner said that as with the other ships (referring to the Lifeline, Aquarius and SeaWatch) he asked officials at the ministry and OFRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless people) to be ready to travel to the location over the next few hours to facilitate the transfer to France of 20 people in need of protection.

The Alan Kurdi has been eight days out at sea with scores of African migrants on board appealed to European states for a safe port, saying the health of the rescued people was worsening.

The ship is stranded between Malta and Italy.

Malta and Italy denied the Alan Kurdi entry into their waters after the vessel, managed by German humanitarian organization Sea-Eye, rescued 64 migrants off the Libyan coast on April 3.


Via Rai News


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