Rescue Ship Lifeline : Spain refuses rescue ship in the Mediterranean

Malta, Italy, now Spain: no EU country still wants to run the 34; Lifeline 34; Around 230 migrants and 17 German crew members are on board.

Rescue Ship   Lifeline  : Spain refuses rescue ship in the Mediterranean

For four days now, German rescue ship Lifeline is located with about 230 migrants in Mediterranean Sea – and no EU country has yet agreed to leave ship ashore. After Italy, Spain has now also issued a rejection of Dresden organisation Mission Lifeline on Monday. The situation could thus become life-threatening for German occupation and for refugees, said green parliamentarian Manuel Sarrazin after a visit to ship. After all, bad wear in Mediterranean is still threatening.

Lifeline had taken migrants on Thursday and is still in a waiting position near Malta. Malta does not feel responsible. And in Italy, new government wants to banish private aid agencies completely.

On Monday, Sarrazin, toger with Green's refugee spokeswoman, Luise Amtsberg, was on board ship. In ir opinion, hygienic and medical situation is precarious. Esdürfe does not mean that dispute over European responsibilities threatens human lives, says Amtsberg. The federal government must commit itself to people.

Sarrazin warned: "If wear is bad, we have a distress situation." There is also a concrete danger for German citizens. According to his information, 17 German crew members are on board. "People are sitting tightly on board." The captain has not received any instructions for days, even from countries such as Libya, where migrants had dropped. The delay tactic is a risk that situation will escalate.

Just recently, Spain had let Aquarius go ashore. The ship with more than 600 migrants on board had also travelled several days on Mediterranean and had been rejected by Italy. Finally, it was allowed to drive into port of Valencia. France also agreed to grant asylum to some of migrants.

Spain also wants to continue to "show a humanitarian face," said Minister of public work, José Luis Ábalos, Spanish radio station Cadena SER. "But it is anor thing to now become a maritime rescue organisation for whole of Europe."

A Danish ship is also firmly

The Danish container ship Alexander Maersk, with some 110 migrants on board, has been waiting since Friday to go to a port. A spokesman for shipping company told Danish radio that situation on board was untenable. "The ship is simply not designed for so many people," said technical chief of Mærsk line, Palle Laursen. The 25-man crew was not able to take care of more than 100 people. "This situation requires a solution in minutes and hours, not days."

A large proportion of migrants have been coming from Libya over Mediterranean for years. Many flee from torture, enslavement and abuse, and are transported across sea by smugglers in partly ailing ships. In recent years, many people have arrived in Italy. But that is what new right-now government wants to change.

Tunisia is not an option

Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, also made a point on Monday on his first visit to Libya for refugees to be returned to Civil War country at sea – or even not to enter Libya.

Meanwhile, Tunisia, which is not too far away, is not an option for rescuers as a port, as y do not regard country as safe. The government re also refuses to accept refugees. Last year, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed had also refused to set up a detention camp. Refugee camps could endanger stability of country, it was said at that time. Moreover, many Tunisians are striving for poor economic situation in direction of Italy.

Date Of Update: 26 June 2018, 12:02

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