Save the Children complains of denied access to ships

Refugee vessels arriving in Sicily turned back without checks

Save the Children complains of denied access to ships

(ANSA) – Rome, March 29 – International humanitarian agency Save the Children complained that it has systematically not been permitted to meet immigrants that reached Sicilian shores aboard refugee-laden ships before the vessels were turned back. Sicily is often the first step on the sea journey of refugees seeking to escape war-torn or poverty-striken areas in Africa. On Thursday, Tunisian coastguards rescued a boat off the local coast carrying 65 undocumented migrants that had run in trouble on the way to Sicily. The passengers on board the boat from Libya were of various nationalities. Save the Children said the ships "were immediately turned back, without verifying if there were underage or other vulnerable people on board", according to spokesperson Raffaela Milano, who added the organization considered it "extremely serious" that Save the Children was not allowed on board.

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