The NGO Alarm phone assured that Dozens of migrants have drowned in recent hours after his boat drifted in the central Mediterranean.
“We are shocked. According to various sources, dozens of people from this ship drowned,” the organization reported on its Twitter account.
! 47 lives in danger in the central Mediterranean!
Alarm Phone is in contact with 47 people in a drifting boat who fled #Libya. The weather is extremely dangerous and immediate help is needed!! pic.twitter.com/w45b5mIzdI
– Alarm phone (@alarm_phone) March 11, 2023
“As of 02:28 on March 11, the authorities were informed of the urgency and danger of the situation. The Italian authorities deliberately delayed the rescue, leaving them to die,” Alarm Phone reported.
“The Italian authorities deliberately delayed the rescue, leaving them to die”
The NGO had previously reported having been in contact with a vessel with 47 people on board which was adrift after leaving the coast of Libya. He also warned that the the weather conditions were very dangerous and that “immediate rescue is needed”.
another NGO, sea watchgave the alert because of the situation of these people and the risk posed by the intense waves. He also reported that a merchant vessel that was near the boat had been ordered by Italy to wait for the Libyan Coast Guard as they were not equipped for rescues, “but the The Libyan Coast Guard did not appear”.
The Libyan authorities themselves confirmed to Sea Watch that they would not send any ships. “When we called the Italian rescue coordination center to ask who would take over the coordination and responsibility for these people, they hung up on us,” Sea Watch said.
“Italy and EU countries must take responsibility for the rescue plan at sea and protect the lives of people on the move. Now, immediately, in this case, in any case,” Sea Watch pointed out in Twitter.
Time is running out to save ~50 people aboard this boat. Distress at sea pushes high waves. A nearby merchant vessel is not equipped for rescues and has been requested by Italian authorities to so-called. I’m waiting for the Libyan Coast Guard, but they don’t come. pic.twitter.com/yrfS6uDFQb
— Sea-Watch (@seawatchcrew) March 11, 2023
79 migrants killed in shipwreck off Calabria
the bodies of two adults and a babywere this Sunday on the beaches of Steccato di Cutro, in the region of Calabria, in the south of Italy, so The number of victims of the sinking rises to 79 on February 26 from a migrant boat.
Of the 79 dead, 32 were minors and 23 of them children between a few months and 12 years old, and it is thought that the number of dead from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan could reach a hundred since the 80 survivors assured that in the boat was carrying about 200 people.
In the past five days, around 4,000 migrants have reached Italian shores and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani in a radio interview said “the situation is worrying, Europe must take note”.
“Italy will continue to raise the issue strongly but it cannot be left alone because the 7,000 kilometers of coastline are also European bordersadded Tajani, who is awaiting answers at the next European summit at the end of March.
“Italy will continue to pose the problem with force but it cannot remain alone because the 7,000 kilometers of coastline are also European borders”
The newspaper Corriere della Sera published this Sunday that the Italian secret services pointed out that in Libya, 685,000 people are ready to leave and cross the Mediterranean disembark on the Italian coast
According to the Milanese newspaper, 104,000 immigrants they landed in Italy last year, partly also because of the pandemic, but according to intelligence forecasts, the number of arrivals by 2023 will be exponentially higher.
Since the beginning of 2023 they have reached the Italian shores 17,592 migrants, triple the same period last year (5.976).
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