UPDATED (2): Destiny of ship with 64 immigrants on board remains mysterious
It seems the final destination of the NGO vessel that during the week rescued 64 immigrants in international waters just outside Libyan territorial water has not as yet been defined. During the day the ship seemed to be heading for Malta. Reports this evening that a solution has been found and the ship will head for Spain have been denied by a spokesperson for Sea-Eye
In past hours the ship Alan Kurdi seemed Malta bound after Italy refused it permission to enter Lampedusa and then insisted that families should be separated from children. Sea-Eye strongly protested this decision and said there was no valid reason for mothers and children to be separated from husbands and fathers.
Television Malta is informed that Sea-Eye made contacts in Germany as the ship is registered there. German authorities directed the ship to change route and head for Spain for the port of Palma de Mallorca where it was understood the immigrants would disembark pending a European solution being reached.
In a statement Sea-Eye said that the German Foreign Affairs office has requested the EU Commission to intervene as a mediator in the situation. Sea-Eye said there are 47 towns and cities in Germany including Hamburg, Cologne and Regensburg who declared they are prepared to host the immigrants.
According to Sea-Eye, the situation began developing on Wednesday when the immigrants were rescued by the Alan Kurdi off a dinghy in international waters. Libya did not respond to requests and thus the ship entered Malta’s territorial waters with Malta declaring they should enter the nearest port. The ship arrived at Lampedusa but the Italian authorities declared it a security threat.
On Friday afternoon Italy agreed that two children together with their mothers be allowed to disembark but not the fathers and this was unacceptable for the immigrants and Sea-Eye. Thus all remained on board but provisions on board began to run out. The ship headed for Malta, the second nearest port. However, during the last hours the German Authorities indicated the ship should head for Spain where the immigrants will be landed.