After several days in limbo at sea, a German charity boat Sea-Watch 3 carrying 257 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean sailed into port on Saturday at Trapani, western Sicily after Italian authorities granted permission.
The Italian authorities assigned the ship a port on Friday after sea conditions in the central Mediterranean deteriorated, the German maritime rescue group Sea-Watch said.
Among the migrants aboard were 70 minors, some traveling without adults while trying to reach Europe.
Hours later, a French humanitarian vessel with 549 migrants aboard received a similar port assignment.
According to SOS Mediterranee, a French charity on Saturday, Italy had granted port permission to the Ocean Viking carrying 549 passengers, including a 3-month-old infant, who were rescued in six separate operations last week.
Amid the influx, Italian right-wing leader Matteo Salvini is insisting that Premier Mario Draghi act decisively to stem the flow of migrants arriving on Italy’s shores.