GENEVA: The UN migration and refugee agencies are urging Italy’s government to let 43 migrants from Libya disembark from a boat that had rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea.
Rome hasn’t let the migrants off the Sea Watch 3 in the Italian island of Lampedusa since the June 12 rescue.
Spokesman Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration said Libya’s capital had “offered its port to the Sea Watch. The Italian government said they should go to Tripoli.”
Spokesman Babar Baloch of UN refugee agency UNHCR said: “Italy has the responsibility to let these people disembark,” adding “no one should be returned back” to war-torn Libya.
Baloch says “these desperate people need to disembark … this is an obligation under international law.”
Millman said Italian coast guard teams rescued and took another 80 people to Lampedusa overnight.