ROME – A ship carrying the our bodies of 10 migrants discovered lifeless at sea arrived in Sicily on Friday, together with dozens of individuals it rescued this week as they tried to cross the Mediterranean.
The crew of the Geo Barents vessel, run by charity Medical doctors With out Borders (MSF), discovered the corpses on an overcrowded boat 30 nautical miles off the Libyan coast.
They’re believed to have died from suffocation after spending 13 hours on the boat’s decrease deck the place there was an intense odor of gasoline, MSF mentioned in a press release.
Some 186 individuals rescued in three separate operations in worldwide waters will disembark in Messina, a port on the southern Italian island, MSF mentioned.
The migrants – largely from Africa – embody 61 minors, the youngest aged simply 10 months.
“We hope they will get all the assistance they need,” MSF mentioned on Twitter, including those that died will now have “a decent burial”.
Italy has seen a pointy improve in boat migrants in latest weeks and the most recent mass arrivals will put additional stress on Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s authorities to safe an settlement with European Union companions over methods to take care of the inflow.
Some 59,702 migrants have disembarked in Italy this yr, in accordance with inside ministry knowledge, up from 32,476 in the identical interval in 2020.
MSF mentioned over 1,200 individuals had died in the course of the perilous sea journey to succeed in Europe thus far in 2021.