Italy’s Salvini blocks two NGO boats

In new migrant standoff, Italy’s Salvini blocks two NGO boats

Crispian Balmer

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he was working to prevent two rescue ships operated by French and Spanish charities from bringing more than 500 migrants to Italy in the latest Mediterranean stand-off.

The Ocean Viking, which is run by French non-governmental groups (NGOs) Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee, has picked up some 356 migrants off the coast of Libya since Friday, while Spanish boat Open Arms has saved some 160 people.

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Source: reuters.com

File image of migrants in the Mediterranean, via Wikipedia.

File image of migrants in the Mediterranean, via Wikipedia.

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