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The founder of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, Oscar Camps, called on Malta and Italy to allow the humanitarian boat Open Arms to land 278 rescued migrants off the coast of Libya. 

After three rescue operations carried out last week, the migrants remained stranded on board the boat in increasingly deteriorating weather conditions.

In a statement to InfoMigrants, a representative of the Spanish NGO, Laura Lanuza, reported that “for the time being, requests for evacuation have been rejected and no port has been assigned”. Awaiting instruction, the ship is currently sailing between the Italian island of Lampedusa and Malta.

Mostly from Ghana, Egypt and Somalia, the migrants are suffering from “severe dehydration, confusion and extreme weakness, after three days of drifting without food or water”, says the NGO.

To remind, as of September 14, 2020, no humanitarian boat was present off the Libyan coast. However, the Alan Kurdi of the German NGO Sea-Eye left the Spanish port of Burriana on Friday evening and should soon arrive in the area.