The Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms rescued 106 migrants at sea on Saturday February 13, many of them were women and children. After hours of searching in the harsh weather conditions, the migrants were rescued in the Maltese waters.
Three days later, the migrants were disembarked at the Sicilian port of Empedocle. Upon arrival, and before they got off the boat, the migrants had antigen tests.
The migrants were mainly from West and Central Africa and set off for Europe from Libya. Among them were two pregnant women and 58 children including. These 50 underage children were transferred directly to Italian reception centres.
In a statement, the Open Arms said the migrants were rescued during two operations on February 12 and 13. The ship made it clear that Libyan patrols “harassed” them throughout these operations.
For its part, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said 159 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since the start of the year.