As reported in last night’s news feed, Italy’s new interior minister Matteo Salvini (who is also deputy prime minister) turned away a “rescue” ship carrying hundreds of migrants, and said that Italy will no longer accept any such boatloads of immigrants.
Salvini: Italian Ports Closed
The stopping of the boat with 600 people
Italian ports are closed to the disembarkation of migrants after a rescue conducted last night by the boat Aquarius, which requested authorization to dock and was directed to Europe. If confirmed, it would be an action without precedent decided by Matteo Salvini.
There were 629 migrants on board the Aquarius of SOS Méditerranée, with personnel from Doctors Without Borders, which was making its way towards an as yet unassigned secure port. Among the passengers were 123 unaccompanied minors, eleven children, and seven pregnant women. A total of six rescue operations were carried out.
According to what Salvini also declared in a letter sent to the Maltese authorities, if the island state will not permit the boat to dock, a block requested by the deputy prime minister of the Lega Nord will commence, and the boat will not be allowed to land in Italy.
See also this report in English from The Times of Malta.