Migrant crisis: Italy threatens to close ports

Jun 30, 2017, 00:26
Migrant crisis: Italy threatens to close ports

More than 10 200 migrants were rescued between Sunday and Tuesday off the coast of Libya, including 5000 for the single day of Monday, 3300 Sunday and 1900 on Tuesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that "we will help Italy" with the asylum-seeker crisis.

Italy will continue saving lives at sea but it is "no longer sustainable" for all those rescued to be brought here and the possible block would include foreign vessels run by humanitarian NGOs, by the EU's Frontex border agency, and by the EU NavforMed mission against migrant traffickers, ANSA reported.

"We can't go on like this", a source told AFP after media reports that Maurizio Massari, Italy's ambassador to the European Union (EU), handed a letter to the bloc warning the country was considering closing its doors to boats of migrants.

Earlier this month, Breitbart London reported on the ousting at local elections in Italy of a mayor who had struck a deal with the Hungarian financier to turn the tiny island of Lampedusa into a gateway to Europe for migrants travelling from Africa.

The head of the conservative Northern League, Matteo Salvini, resorted to a slogan "stop the invasion" as he spoke out against migrant arrivals in Italy.

Italy's ruling, center-left Democratic party has come under pressure over the migrant issue.

"Now is the moment to deliver, and we will hold them to this", the commissioner said. And even the maverick radical Five Star Movement is moving to a more anti-immigrant position, calling for a halt to any new migrants being lodged in Rome.

Nearly 9,000 people were rescued between Saturday and Monday, with a further 2,000 plucked on Tuesday from vessels run by human traffickers along the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy, according to local media. Often that country is Italy.

Countries such as Greece and Italy want more support, but some eastern European nations are refusing to take their share of migrants from frontline states under a controversial relocation scheme agreed by the EU two years ago. Several U.N. employees were held for a while, then released.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Trump clubs display fake Time cover, magazine asks for their removal

    Trump clubs display fake Time cover, magazine asks for their removal

    The Trump administration declined to respond to questions on the cover, and the designer of the cover remains unknown. The phony issue is dated March 1, 2009, but there was no issue of Time in that year that had Trump on the cover.

    Michael McCarthy convicted of murder in 2-year-old Bella Bond's

    When the girl stopped screaming, Bond testified that she saw that the girl's head appeared to be swollen and her face was gray. Rachelle Bond , Bella's mother and McCarthy's former girlfriend, testified that she helped dispose of the little girl's body.

    Huge GOP Turnout Doomed Democrat in Georgia

    That non-answer didn't work - so some Democrats on Wednesday were going further in distancing themselves from the former speaker. The most expensive House race in US history heads to voters Tuesday in the northern suburbs of Atlanta.
  • Florida Woman Accused of Having Sex With 11-Year-Old, Getting Pregnant

    Florida Woman Accused of Having Sex With 11-Year-Old, Getting Pregnant

    A Port Richey woman has been arrested for sexual battery on an 11-year-old that left the suspect pregnant. She became pregnant and had the boy's child, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office .

    Senate OKs sanctions bill to punish Russia

    Senate approval of the bill comes more than five months after US intelligence agencies said Moscow meddled in the 2016 election. The measure also requires Congress to review any effort by the Trump administration to loosen sanctions on Russian Federation .
    Kiwis pedaling toward possible America's Cup upset

    Kiwis pedaling toward possible America's Cup upset

    In Race 5, Spithill crossed the starting line a split second too soon and had to drop two lengths behind Team New Zealand. That was enough for Burling to speed away around the seven-leg course for a 49-second victory.
  • Brazil leader defiant in face of possible charges

    Brazil leader defiant in face of possible charges

    Investigators have uncovered stunning levels of corruption in recent years engulfing Brazil's political class and business elites. Police have also confirmed the authenticity of the recordings, which Temer insists have been tampered with.
    Wounded Rep. Steve Scalise out of intensive care

    Wounded Rep. Steve Scalise out of intensive care

    Mika is out of the intensive care unit and appeared to be in good spirits during a visit with Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth. On Wednesday, the hospital said Scalise had been upgraded to fair condition and was showing signs of improvement.
    North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

    North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

    He was flown back to the U.S.in a coma, after 17 months imprisonment, but North Korea deny any knowledge of how he became ill. Some of the proof used against him was purported security footage of him removing a political banner from his hotel.
  • South Korea, US should offer concessions to North: South Korean president

    South Korea, US should offer concessions to North: South Korean president

    Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japan's vice minister for foreign affairs, made a more vigorous defense of the deal on Monday, telling U.S. Moon's visit to the memorial apparently sought to highlight the importance of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.
    China Releases Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo From Prison After Cancer Diagnosis

    China Releases Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo From Prison After Cancer Diagnosis

    In a tearful video message , his wife, Liu Xia, suggested that treatment was either no longer possible, or simply not on offer. Shortly after the award, Mr Liu's wife, Liu Xia , was placed under house arrest , isolated from family and supporters.
    Free Armed Forces Day train travel for active service personnel and veterans

    Free Armed Forces Day train travel for active service personnel and veterans

    He said he was pleaded with the turnout in the city. "To everyone who serves, or has served, the rail industry salutes you". Over 300 events including parades, military displays and community fetes will take place on Saturday.
popular