The Armed Forces of Malta rescued a group of 118 migrants, including 10 women, five children and a baby, after their boat was sinking and the migrants were drowning, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said on Thursday.

Camilleri said the migrants were in Malta’s search and rescue area when they were seen to be in distress, with many of them at risk of drowning, forcing the Maltese navy officers to intervene to save lives.

In a recorded message posted on Facebook, Camilleri said the army personnel were “constrained” to effect the rescue as people were at serious risk of drowning.

Camilleri said the soldiers had to choose between life and death for these migrants and that they will continue to choose to save people out at sea.

“The Armed Forces of Malta were constrained to bring in the migrants who were drowning in the Maltese search and rescue area, ten women, one of them with a newborn baby and five children. The soldiers had no choice but to either let these people drown, or save them,” Camilleri said as he assured his listeners that the migrants will be kept isolated and in quarantine until they are tested for the COVID-19.

Camilleri said that in the first seven months of the year, the Libyan authorities had intercepted 7,000 migrants trying to leave the country. Malta was committed to continuing working closely with the Libyan authorities to avoid more arrivals and more deaths in the Mediterranean. Enditem

Disclaimer: News Ghana is not responsible for the reportage or opinions of contributors published on the website.

Send your news stories to [email protected] and via WhatsApp on +1-508-812-0505 

Previous article5 confirmed dead in south Nigeria road accident
Next articleTrump reiterates intention to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq
Xinhua News Agency, Xinhuanet is an important central news service-oriented website, an important information organ of the central government, and an important platform for building up China's online international communication capacity. Established on November 7, 1997, as an online news provider of the Xinhua News Agency, it was officially named Xinhuanet on March 10, 2000 and began around-the-clock news release with leading online public opinion at home and setting a good image of China abroad as its main task.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here