The latest standoff between Italy and the EU over sea rescues has ended, with the 47 migrants disembarking in Sicily. But German charity Sea-Watch now fears it could be prosecuted and have its boat impounded.
Dozens of migrants stranded on a rescue ship off the coast of Sicily have been allowed to disembark on Friday.
There were cheers and hugs for the crew as the migrants disembarked. They were then shuttled to shelters to make formal asylum requests.
The migrants will be distributed between Germany, France, Portugal, Romania, Malta and Luxembourg under a deal Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte struck with other EU states earlier this week. It is unclear if Italy will host any of the migrants.
The ship, docked at the port of Catania on Thursday after being escorted by Italian coast guard ships.
Two days earlier, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Italy to provide medical assistance, food and drinks to the migrants who had been stuck at sea since they were rescued off Libya on January 19.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini urged prosecutors to investigate the German NGO and impound its boat.
"We hope for the best and expect the worst," Sea-Watch tweeted after it was directed to dock at Catania, where the prosecutor is known for taking a hard line against charity ships.