Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has banned the Alan Kurdi rescue ship carrying forty migrants from entering Italian waters.
The Alan Kurdi is run by German charity Sea-Eye and is heading towards Lampedusa. It is currently travelling towards the Italian island and is expected to arrive later in the afternoon.
This rescue mission comes shortly after more than one-hundred migrants could disembark from a different boat in Sicily. But they were only able to do so after a new deal was reached with the European Union to distribute those on board between five EU nations.
The agreement was reached with Germany, France, Portugal, Luxembourg and Ireland. The number of migrants each country will take is yet to be decided.