The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MALTA – At least 78 migrants fleeing Libya for Europe remain stuck at sea without a designated port to dock, the U.N. migration agency said Monday.
The migrants fled Libya three days ago and were rescued by a merchant vessel on Sunday in the Mediterranean Sea, said Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration.
The vessel carrying the migrants has still not received permission to dock at any port, Msehli said. She called on the European Union to establish a clear and safe disembarkation mechanism for people recused in the Mediterranean.
The boat was the fourth carrying migrants to depart Libya in less than a week, the IOM said. Along with the stranded vessel, one boat reached a harbor at the small island nation of Malta, where it was quarantined because of the coronavirus pandemic, while a second boat arrived at Italy’s island of Lampedusa and the third vessel was intercepted and returned to Libya.