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Migrant rescue ship heads for Italy after judge overrules Salvini

Rome: Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms headed for Lampedusa on Wednesday with 147 rescued migrants on board after a judge in Rome suspended far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s decree banning them from Italian territorial waters.
The Proactiva Open Arms charity which operates the ship said it would not try to force entry to Lampedusa port, as another rescue vessel, the Sea-Watch 3 did in June, prompting its seizure and the arrest of its captain. The Open Arms is seeking shelter from 2.5-metre (eight-foot) swells along with the Ocean Viking ship operated by SOS Mediterranea and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which has more than 350 migrants plucked from the Mediterranean on board.
Salvini announced a swift appeal against the ruling and signed another decree, saying that the Open Arms behaviour showed its “political objective of bring (migrants) to Italy.” (AFP)

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