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Probe into claims US ship delayed migrant rescue

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

SICILY – A Sicily prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations a U.S. warship, the USNS Trenton, delayed rescuing migrants from a sinking dinghy from which some 76 people drowned in June.

The June 12 rescue off Libya came at a tense time on the Mediterranean, with Italy’s new populist government refusing to let aid groups dock in a bid to dissuade them from rescuing migrants.

The Trenton did rescue 41 people. But a half-dozen survivors told La Repubblica newspaper that the ship delayed intervening until after their dinghy started sinking, over an hour after the migrants first spotted the U.S. flags on the ship.

Ragusa Prosecutor Fabio D’Anna confirmed Tuesday he had opened an investigation into their claims.

The U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet didn’t immediately comment.

 

Source: Bellevelli News-Democrat

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