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Ocean Viking rescue ship awaits port access in latest migrant standoff
Ireland, along with five other EU countries, will take some of the migrants stranded on the rescue ship Ocean Viking
The Ocean Viking boat stranded off Italy is the last NGO rescue boat operating in the Mediterranean. Italy blocks ports to all such boats and restricts their activities, which the UN says are essential to preventing migrant deaths. Dead and missing so far this year: 839.
More than 500 people who fled the violence in Libya remain stranded at sea on board the Open Arms and Ocean Viking NGO boats. They NEED humanitarian assistance. We’re calling on European governments to urgently come to an agreement: