Around 265 asylum seekers disembarked in Malta today

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Around 265 asylum seekers have been disembarked in Malta this morning, bringing the total number of entering the country this week to 459.

According to the humanitarian charity, Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF), 36 asylum seekers were transferred to an AFM patrol boat from the Ocean Viking ship, having been saved from the sea yesterday. About 229 other asylum seekers were rescued directly from the Armed Forces of Malta in three separate operations.

On Tuesday, 95 people were brought to Malta following a short-lived standoff in which migrants were transferred to Italian Coastguard vessels within Malta’s territorial waters. Wednesday saw 45 people brought to Malta, followed by Thursday with 56 migrants disembarked.

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A further 182 asylum seekers rescued by the Ocean Viking during other rescues, have not been transferred to Malta because they had not been rescued with the Maltese Search and Rescue Zone.

MSF called this decision ‘shameful,’ adding that these are babies, young children and pregnant women.

They said this was a demonstration of, ‘the discriminatory, arbitrary and inhumane nature of a system which continues to prioritise political game-play above human lives and dignity.’

The situation at sea comes only days before a major Migration summit due to take place in Malta on Monday between the Maltese, Finnish, Italian, French and German delegation.