Rescued Sea Watch migrants arrive in Sicily

The 47 migrants aboard the Sea Watch 3 are checked in and registered by the Red Cross, UNHCR and the police as they arrive in the Sicilian port of Catania. The Dutch-flagged ship, which had been waiting off the coast of Sicily with people it pulled to safety in the Mediterranean on January 19, was finally given permission to anchor in Catania after six other countries agreed to take them in.

Sea Watch rescue ship approaches Sicilian coast

Migrants aboard Sea Watch are hopeful as the rescue ship approaches the Sicilian coast, despite Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini insisting that the country’s ports are closed to migrants. The Dutch-flagged vessel, which is operated by the German charity Sea Watch, picked up 47 migrants and asylum-seekers — including eight minors — six days ago off the coast of Libya as they made the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.