German rescue groups say migrants’ health worsening on ships

Two German nonprofit groups appealed to European Union countries Tuesday to take in 49 migrants waiting on rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea, warning of the passengers’ deteriorating health.

Sea-Watch and Sea-Eye representatives told reporters in Berlin that drinking water was being rationed on their ships and some migrants were having trouble eating due to illnesses.

“Do people need to die before a solution is found?” Sea-Watch member Erik Marquardt asked.
A Sea-Watch crew rescued 32 migrants from a smugglers’ boat on Dec. 22 within sight of Malta. Seventeen other people were picked up in the Mediterranean by a Sea-Eye crew on Dec. 29. Neither vessel has been granted authorization to dock and disembark the people on board.

The Maltese government has said that before the two ships will be allowed to port, it wants a deal spelling out how the 49 passengers and another 249 the island nation says its took in from recent sea rescues will be split up and relocated.

Germany’s interior minister said his country would be prepared to take in 50 people, but wants other EU nations to step up, too. “This doesn’t mean 27 EU member states need to participate,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters. “But a presentable number of EU states should join in.”q

Associated Press

You May Also Like

Catalan parliament defies Spain again with vote on leader

MADRID (AP) — Catalonia’s parliament passed a symbolic motion Wednesday affirming the right of ...

Belarus leader wants closer ties to NATO, Western nations

The authoritarian president of Belarus on Tuesday called for better ties with NATO and ...

Germans don Jewish skullcaps to protest anti-Semitism

    By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germans of various faiths ...

Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100 in Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded scores when he ...

Russian opposition leader arrested amid election protests

    By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Protesters gathered across Russia ...

Macron scraps French fuel tax hike amid violent protests

French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped a fuel tax rise Wednesday amid fears of new ...