A spokesman for the Armed Forces confirmed this evening that the 90 migrants rescued by the Italian Guardia Costiera last night are to be brought to Malta later this evening.
The migrants are expected to be brought in to Haywharf at about 10.30 p.m. on two Armed Forces of Malta patrol boats.
An Armed Fores spokesman had stated this morning that the Italian Guardia Costiera was not authorised to bring to Malta the 90 migrants rescued during the previous night.
The Armed Forces stressed that they were following the migrants’ situation after a request for assistance was received, when they were rescued by the Italian forces. They said that the nearest port was that of Lampedusa and therefore the migrants should be taken there.
This was confirmed by the rescue organisation Alarm Phone which, in a Tweet (above), said that it had informed the Italian authorities because the migrants were closer to Italy than to Malta.