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The ship ‘Ocean Viking’ rescues more than 600 migrants in the Mediterranean in just two days

The ship ‘Ocean Viking’ rescues more than 600 migrants in the Mediterranean in just two days

The rescue ship ‘Ocean Viking’, managed by the NGO SOS Mediterranee, has helped more than 600 migrants and refugees traveling aboard more than a dozen boats in the central Mediterranean in just two days, according to the organization itself. which has set out towards the Italian coasts to carry out the disembarkation of all the people who were on board in two stopovers.

The ‘Ocean Viking’ has carried out 15 operations, of which 14 have taken place on the route that connects the Tunisian region of Sfax with the Italian island of Lampedusa. In total, 623 people have been rescued, including 146 unaccompanied minors, while the majority come from Sudan, Guinea, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Benin and Bangladesh.

The ship will first stop at Lampedusa, where the Italian authorities have proposed “a partial landing”, as explained by the NGO on social networks. Next, she will head towards Civitavecchia, north of Rome, to drop off the migrants still on board.

The migratory flow has increased in recent weeks in the central Mediterranean, an area where nearly 1,850 people have perished this year alone, according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This same week, more than 40 people have died in a shipwreck near Lampedusa.

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