32 migrants refused in Malta; disembark in Sicily

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The search and rescue vessel Alan Kurdi has safely docked in Pozzallo, Sicily, with 32 Libyans aboard. Malta had refused to offer a port of safety.

Among these 32 Libyans, there are 12 minors and one pregnant woman.

According to the NGO sea-eye, who coordinates the Alan Kurdi, Malta refused to evacuate ten people in critical condition. Among these 10 people, six were children, and one was a pregnant woman.

On Twitter, the organisation explained that the maritime coordination center in Malta did not consider a dehydrated pregnant woman, and 6 children refusing to eat food, to be emergencies.

Aid groups were on hand to offer assistance, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations agency.