Migrants have hijacked a service provider vessel that rescued them off Libya’s coast, ordering the crew to go in direction of Malta, stories say.
Greater than 100 migrants aboard the cargo ship are stated to have acted after being instructed they might be taken again to Libya.
Malta’s army stated the ship wouldn’t be allowed into its waters. Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini described the hijackers as “pirates”.
This comes because the EU says it’s ending navy patrols within the Mediterranean.
The EU says the choice to droop Operation Sophia in September follows a request by Italy.
The mission was put in place 4 years in the past to discourage folks smugglers and rescue migrants making an attempt to succeed in Europe by boat. Tens of 1000’s have been saved.
These days, the mission has largely focused smuggling networks because the variety of folks making the crossing dropped sharply following a controversial deal between the EU and Libya.
However Mr Salvini, the chief of the right-wing League celebration, has blamed Operation Sophia for persevering with to carry rescued migrants to Italian shores.
What concerning the hijacked ship?
The Elhiblu cargo ship is believed to be carrying greater than 100 migrants. Its current location is unclear, as are the circumstances of the rescue off Libya.
A spokesperson for the Maltese armed forces stated makes an attempt to contact the ship’s captain had been unsuccessful, MaltaToday web site stories.
Maltese officers have been monitoring the scenario and have been ready for any eventuality, the spokesperson added.
In the meantime, Mr Salvini wrote on his Fb web page (in Italian): “They don’t seem to be shipwrecked however pirates, they are going to solely see Italy by means of a telescope.”
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