A boat with 47 migrants on board has sunk and it is feared that it has caused dozens of deaths, despite the fact that the Italian authorities had been informed of its location since Saturday night, he said today. alarm phonea network of activists who receive calls from barges in distress in the Central Mediterranean.
“We are shocked. According to various sources, dozens of people on this boat drowned. As of 02:28 a.m. on March 11, the authorities were informed of the urgency and danger of the situation. The Italian authorities knowingly delayed the ransom and left them to die,” he wrote on Twitter. alarm phone that throughout the day he had warned of the danger to the small boat
The ship had been identified off the coast of Libya and Alarm Phone explained that the Italian authorities had given instructions to the merchant ships present in the area, but that they limited themselves to observing for 24 hours, as shown in a video taken by the “Seabird2” plane of the NGO Sea Watch.
Sea Wach reported for its part that the coordination center in Rome contacted two merchant ships to coordinate the rescue with the Libyan Coast Guard, but “due to bad weather, Tripoli reported that it could not send boats.”
The video shows the ship in great difficulty due to strong waves and merchant ships trying to protect it from the waves but unable to intervene.
The information about the new shipwreck comes hours after the bodies of two adults and a baby were located on the beaches of Steccato di Cutro, in the Calabria region, southern Italy, bringing the victims to 79. shipwreck on February 26 of a migrant boat.
Of the 79 dead, 32 were minors and 23 of them children between the ages of a few months and 12 years, and it is believed that the number of deaths from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan could reach one hundred since the 80 survivors assured that in The boat was traveling about 200 people.
In the last five days, nearly 4,000 migrants have reached the Italian shores and the Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, in a radio interview stated that “the situation is worrying, Europe must take notice”.
“Italy will continue to forcefully raise the problem, but it cannot be left alone because the 7,000l kilometers of coastline are also European borders,” added Tajani, who awaits answers at the next European summit at the end of March.
The daily “Corriere della Sera” publishes today that the Italian secret services have pointed out that in Libya there are 685,000 people willing to leave and cross the Mediterranean to land on the Italian shores.
According to the Milanese daily, 104,000 immigrants landed in Italy last year, partly also due to the pandemic, but according to forecasts by intelligence services, the number of arrivals by 2023 will be exponentially higher.
Since the beginning of 2023, they have reached the Italian shores 17,592 migrants, triple that of the same period last year (5,976).