274 migrants who were picked up off the coast of Libya by the rescue ship Ocean Viking have been allowed to disembark in Italy. They will remain in quarantine on the mainland for at least another 14 days. DW's Miodrag Soric filed this report.
In one day, sea rescue vessel Ocean Viking received distress calls to come to the aid of two boats carrying displaced people across the Mediterranean. DW reporter Miodrag Soric witnessed the rescue operations firsthand.
The EU has agreed to launch a new mission in the Mediterranean to monitor the UN-mandated arms embargo on Libya. NGOs are critical of the bloc's policy on fighting human smuggling and arms trafficking.
The Ocean Viking, a vessel jointly operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, had rescued a total of 217 people in the Mediterranean, 35 of whom were taken to Malta.
The ship Ocean Viking has docked in the Italian port of Messina, carrying 213 migrants saved at sea. But at least seven other people were killed after a boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
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