Forty migrants rescued at sea off the Libyan Coast have been successfully transferred to Malta and will be taken care of by EU following a deal negotiated by Berlin, said German humanitarian group.
The forty migrants were rescued on Wednesday, July 31 from a small boat off the Libyan Coast by the ship Alan Kurdi owned by the NGO Sea-Eye.
The Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made an announcement on Saturday, August 3 that a deal had been reached with the European Commission after a request by Germany.
” Malta will allow forty migrants on board, the German vessel Alan Kurdi to transfer to a Malta armed forces asset and enter port”. No migrant will remain in Malta. Muscat Tweeted.
Sea-Eye posted photos on Twitter on Sunday showing the migrants being handed over to the Maltese Military and in the video uploaded early, migrants were seen shouting for joy when they were informed they would be taken first to Malta, then to other European Union Countries.
The ship named Alan Kurdi had headed towards Malta after Italy refused to open its ports again for a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea.