Migrant rescue ship docks in Italian port despite ban

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Fot this reason, the Alex, which on 5 July rescued a group of migrants from an inflatable raft drifting off the coast of Libya, made a decision to head to Lampedusa, "the only possible safe port for landing", as Mediterranea said in a tweet.

The NGO said the ministerial decree is illegitimate because it can't be applied to a ship carrying people rescued at sea, and because Italy can't ban an Italian-flagged ship from entering its waters.

Migrants on a rescue boat that docked in the Italian island of Lampedusa against an explicit ban have disembarked after the vessel was impounded.

The Alex is elope by the Mediterranea charity, which tweeted that its exhausted crew had been residing thru a "surreal scenario", and prolonging the wait became once "an pointless cruelty".

Two migrant rescue ships recently defied Italian authorities to dock without permission in Lampedusa, angering populist Interior Minister MatteoSalvini.

Seehofer, who himself has taken a restrictive line on migration, already has said Germany would be prepared to take some migrants on board two ships now just outside Italian waters, one of them a German group's, if other European countries do.

However, Salvini - who claims the rescue ships are assisting people trafficking - was quick to dismiss Seehofer's request and said Germany should take action against German-flagged rescue ships and their crews.

Since taking office a year ago, Salvini has introduced a battery of anti-migrant measures, leading to a sharp decline in new arrivals also in the number of charity ships operating off the coast of Libya in search of flimsy migrant boats.

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Migrants rest onboard of the NGO Sea-Eye's vessel "Alan Kurdi", July 7, 2019 in this image obtained by social media.

Police say the suspected migrants possibly come from Eritrea.

Earlier, Sea-Eye said "we are not intimidated" by Mr Salvini, "but instead head toward the nearest port of safety".

Italian authorities on Lampedusa last week seized a vessel belonging to German aid group Sea-Watch and arrested its captain, Carola Rackete, for unauthorised entry to port with dozens of rescued migrants on board.

"Absolutely not", was Mr Salvini's reply in a statement.

And a ballotprinted within the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera on Saturday talked about 59% of Italians current of Mr Salvini shutting Italy's ports off to NGO-elope vessels.

To this end, we need a structured permanent mechanism at the European Union level, which deals with all the sensitive issues concerning migration and is not limited exclusively to the procedures regarding the right to asylum, Malta and Italy said. Only days later, the German national was released from custody, but she still faces charges.

In an obvious reference to the court expose which freed Ms Rackete, he added: "In an foremost country, arrests and seizure... might per chance per chance well per chance be on the spot: what's going to the judges enact this time?" During his weekly audience at the Vatican on Sunday he called for the faithful to pray for the migrants killed and injured in last week's bombing of a detention centre in Libya.