Malta has landed itself in hot water with the European Commission over the country’s refusal to allow entry to a tanker carrying 102 African migrants. The island nation receives thousands of Africans who enter the country illegally with over 1,000 arriving in the past month.
The EU Home Affairs Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, said that the Maltese authorities had a “humanitarian duty” to allow the people to disembark.
The Italian navy had asked the ship carrying the migrants to take them to the nearest coast in Libya. The Liberian-registered tanker, which picked up the migrants near the Libyan coast, had been stopped just outside of Malta’s territorial waters. Among the passengers are four pregnant women, a five month baby and one woman who has been injured.
The Malta government has claimed that the migrants are in no danger, however an urgent medical call had been sent from the ship saying the injured woman needs immediate hospital care.
The Commission said the priority was to save lives and any dispute about which country was responsible for rescuing the migrants or where they should land should be sorted out later.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Scotland: final pleas for and against independence from UK
- 2Watch: Angry mob throw Ukraine MP into rubbish bin
- 3Rajoy tells Scots and Catalonians their referenda “damage the EU”
- 4Air France pilots’ strike set to break 16-year record
- 5Is a divided Belgium looking towards Scotland for independence inspiration?
- 1Watch: Angry mob throw Ukraine MP into rubbish bin
- 2Russia: new EU sanctions look ‘strange’ says Putin
- 3Putin takes control of Russia’s defence industries and calls for new weapons
- 4Young American sentenced to six-years hard labour in North Korea
- 5US and NATO troops begin military exercises in Ukraine
- 1Podemos: Spanish indignation in Brussels’ corridors of power | euronews, reporter
- 2Israel announces it will seize 400 acres in West Bank | euronews, world news
- 3Watch: Angry mob throw Ukraine MP into rubbish bin | euronews, world news
- 4Japan sounds bluefin warning, calls for 50% catch cut | euronews, world news
- 5Hoverbike on the horizon | euronews, hi-tech
- 6China executes eight Muslims convicted of terrorism | euronews, world news
- 73D printing: a driving force in design and engineering | euronews, hi-tech
- 8Ukraine accuses Russian aid convoy of stealing factory equipment | euronews, world news
- 9New car offers freedom for disabled drivers | euronews, hi-tech
- 10Young Yazidi girl escapes Islamic State kidnappers | euronews, world news
- 11Rise of the machines | euronews, futuris
- 12#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians | euronews, world news
- 13EU leaders name Donald Tusk European Council president | euronews, world news
- 14The business benefits of EU chemical regulation | euronews, business planet
- 15Turkish ferry makes high-speed final landing | euronews, no comment
- 16Risk of fresh ash cloud threatens European air travel | euronews, world news
- 17Canada sends hilarious barb to Russia over Ukraine ‘incursions’ | euronews, world news
- 18Iceland warns Europe’s airlines of possible volcanic eruption | euronews, world news
- 19Thousands of Catalans call for choice on split from Spain | euronews, world news
- 20Iceland puts on a show as two of its volcanoes spew out lava | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 07:21 CET Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives
- 07:06 CET Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal…
- 06:18 CET Australian PM says police raids follow threat of beheading
- 03:51 CET Japan, U.S. finance chiefs to meet ahead of G20 in Australia
- 03:46 CET U.S. contractor gets seven years for passing secrets to Chinese…
- 03:43 CET Militants urged Australian ‘demonstration killings’ – PM Abbott
- 02:38 CET Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer
- 00:28 CET French nurse for medical charity MSF contracts Ebola in Liberia