A spokesperson for the Armed Forces of Malta has denied that rescued migrants on board the Sea-Eye rescue vessel ‘Alan Kurdi’ will be brought to Malta.
They said that the claim was ‘untrue’.
There comment contrasts a statement from Sea Eye’s Chairman Gordon Isler, who said that the vessel would be preparing to head to Malta following referral from Italy’s Maritime Coordination Centre.
‘Alan Kurdi’ has been waiting off the coast of Lampedusa following their rescue of 40 migrants yesterday morning and their declaration that they would be brought to the Italian island.
They instead stated that the Italian authorities had told them to take the more than 20 hours sail north to Malta.
The bizarre everyday life on the #Mediterranean:
The Italian Coordination Centre refers the #AlanKurdi to the Maltese authorities, even though the vessel is right in front of Lampedusa.
Malta is more than 20 hours away.
An unbearable dispute is fought on the backs of refugees. pic.twitter.com/RmKf03Jt90
— sea-eye (@seaeyeorg) August 1, 2019
In a follow-up tweet, Isler posted an image of a 4 year old named Djokovic who had suffered a gunshot wound. He asked if he should be returned.
Das sind die Menschen vor denen Italien von @matteosalvinimi beschützt werden muss. Sein Name ist Djokovic (4), nach einem europäischen Tennisspieler. In Libyen erlitt er eine Schusswunde. Dorthin sollten wir ihn zurückbringen?
— Gorden Isler 🇪🇺🧡🚀 (@gorden_isler) August 2, 2019
This latest development comes as the NGO rescued 40 people in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Among those rescued were 15 minors.
Sea Eye’s Gordon Isler said, ‘We have saved 40 people, 15 of whom are minors and in particular need of protection. Two of them survived the Tajura air raid and are now being held hostage by Salvini outside of Lampedusa. Thus the inhumane haggling about individual fates is seamlessly continued and after the “Gregoretti”, the “Alan Kurdi” gives him further cause for dispute with his EU neighbours’