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Open Arms: Italian court lets rescue ship enter territorial waters

Catalan NGO awaits authorization to dock with 147 people on board after 14-day standoff

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14 August 2019 06:13 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Open Arms rescue ship entered Italian territorial waters on Thursday with 147 people on board after an Italian court accepted the Catalan NGO’s appeal against a de facto ban on sea rescue organizations.

After spending 13 days stranded in the central Mediterranean Sea, with European countries refusing to offer the ship a safe harbor, the tribunal ruled that the Open Arms vessel can enter Italian waters to “aid people on board" over a “serious" and “exceptionally urgent" situation.

The Spanish government announced that it was willing to welcome a part of the migrants rescued by the Open Arms, while urging the European Union and its member states to find a "shared" solution for them.

"Italy’s administrative court has accepted the appeal against [interior minister Matteo] Salvini’s security decree which forbids humanitarian ships entering territorial waters without authorization, risking €1 million fines,” said Open Arms founder Òscar Camps via Twitter. “The decree is now suspended.”

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  • Migrants rescued by the Catalan NGO Open Arms in August (by Proactiva Open Arms)

  • Migrants rescued by the Catalan NGO Open Arms in August (by Proactiva Open Arms)