— Ruptly (@Ruptly) August 21, 2019
The ‘Open Arms’ vessel carrying 83 people has finally disembarked in Lampedusa after an Italian judge superseded Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and ordered that it be allowed entry.
The vessel has been stranded in the Mediterranean since 1 August after a number of European nations refused its safe entry.
For the last six days, it was stationed off the coast of Lampedusa, until a local judge intervened and ordered its disembarkation.
On Tuesday, fifteen migrants jumped into the sea in an attempt to swim to Lampedusa.
The people on board the vessel looked weary and injured as they touched down in Lampedusa.
Salvini is now facing a probe after he forbade its entry into the port. The move followed Salvini’s policy at the start of summer to refuse entry to all NGO vessels.
The Italian government is currently in crisis, with the country’s coalition collapsing while it’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, resigns.
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