Salvini: Migrants on board Mare Jonio ship “will not set foot in Italy”

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – The Mare Jonio NGO migrant rescue ship with 50 rescued migrants aboard on Tuesday entered the port of Lampedusa escorted by launches belonging to the Guardia di Finanza tax police.

However, Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, said Tuesday the asylum seekers will not be allowed to enter Italy. “They can be treated, dressed and fed,” League leader Salvini told SkyTg24. “We can give them any kind of comfort but they will not set foot in Italy with my permission”.

The ship entered the port of the island of Lampedusa on Tuesday evening after saving the asylum seekers, including 12 minors, in waters off the coast of Libya on Monday. One migrant suffering from pneumonia was taken to the island’s medical facility.

The ship has not been given authorization to disembark and it is surrounded by Coast Guard and finance police boats.



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