The migrant rescue ship Open Arms transferred 255 migrants to Italian authorities in Sicily after the Spanish NGO noticed their boats in distress in the Mediterranean Sea.
There was a total of 184 adults and 71 unaccompanied minors from 20 African nations.
Open Arms tweeted, “We hope the EU treats them better, “
Around 30,000 refugees arrived in Italy by boat since the beginning of 2020, according to the Italian Interior Ministry, three times as many in the comparative 2019 period.
These people are often fleeing war or poverty, seeking to reach Europe by boat. Many of them coming from Libya or Tunisia.
“We reiterate our call on the international community and the EU to take urgent and concrete action to end the cycle of return and exploitation,” Spokesperson and Communications Officer at IOM – UN Migration, Safa Msehli tweeted.
Open Arms is the only aid organization currently operating in international waters off the Libyan coast to rescue distressed migrants at sea.
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