Cruise ship saves 111 migrants from Greece

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A cruise ship has taken refugees on board off the Greek peninsula of Peloponnese. Among them 33 minors.

The cruise ship “Marella Discovery” took 111 migrants in distress on their way to Italy off the Greek peninsula Peloponnese. The people, including 33 minors, were taken to the Greek port of Kalamata. This was announced by the Greek coast guard. At first it remained unclear from which states the inmates came.

Since the Balkan route has been largely closed, many migrants have been trying to get to Italy from Greece or directly from Turkey using crossings organised by smugglers. Others are still trying to reach Italy by land, although thousands are stuck mainly in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

They often pass through northern Macedonia. On Friday, 34 people were injured in northern Macedonia when a small tractor-trailer bus escaped from the police and an accident occurred.

The minibus had left the motorway without a driver near Demir Kapija, 45 kilometres north of the Greek border, and crashed into a 14-metre deep ditch. Earlier, the driver had jumped out of the vehicle to escape the police. This was reported by the North Macedonian television station A1 with reference to the public prosecutor’s office.

Doctors Without Borders to send new ship to Mediterranean Sea

Among the 33 migrants injured were children. In addition, the 24-year-old North Macedonian tugboat was seriously injured while jumping out of the moving minibus.

Migrants from Africa usually choose the route from the Libyan coast to Italy. Doctors Without Borders announced on Sunday that it would be sending a new ship to the central Mediterranean together with SOS Méditerranée to rescue boat migrants. The 69 metre long “Ocean Viking” was designed in 1986 for the emergency rescue of up to 200 people from oil platforms and sails under the Norwegian flag.

It is equipped with four fast lifeboats and a clinic with several rooms and should be in the target area by the end of the month. The predecessor ship “Aquarius” had to stop its search in the Mediterranean in 2018 due to pressure from Italy. (dpa)

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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