176 asylum seekers to be disembarked in Italy

176 rescued asylum seekers on board the rescue vessel Ocean Viking, will be disembarked in Italy.

Medicines San Frontiers announced the the Italian authorities had assigned them access to the port of Taranto in southern Italy to disembark the 176 people on board.

Those on board the vessel operated by MSF and SOS Mediterranee, come from two rescues conducted on Sunday.

The crew first rescued 74 people including 7 minors from a rubber boat approximately 50 nautical miles from the Libyan coast. The second group of 102, were also rescued from a rubber boat 40 nautical miles off the Libya coast. This group included 12 women and 9 children.

Updated: 4 pregnant women among 102 people rescued in second operation by Ocean Viking

‘We’re relieved that the 176 survivors will reach safety without unnecessary delay & we urge the #EU leaders to agree on a stable disembarkation mechanism.’

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