Italy allows more migrants off rescue ships, standoff eases

Nov 7, 2022, 10:34 AM | Updated: Nov 8, 2022, 1:45 pm
One of the three men who had jumped into the sea on Monday from the humanitarian ship Geo Barents, ...

One of the three men who had jumped into the sea on Monday from the humanitarian ship Geo Barents, which is docked at the Catania's harbor, in Sicily, Italy, receives medical attention, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. In desperation, two Syrian men jumped into the sea, and a third man went in after trying to save them. They were all pulled to safety and spent the night on the dock. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)

(AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)

              One of the three men who had jumped into the sea on Monday from the humanitarian ship Geo Barents, which is docked at the Catania's harbor, in Sicily, Italy, receives medical attention, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. In desperation, two Syrian men jumped into the sea, and a third man went in after trying to save them. They were all pulled to safety and spent the night on the dock. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)
            
              Migrants disembarked from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria board a bus, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              A migrant is questioned by Italian authorities aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship as to decide wether he will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship as Italian authorities question them to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              The German humanitarian ship Rise Above, left, arrives in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants peak out from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above as they dock at the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              One of the three men who had jumped into the sea on Monday from the humanitarian ship Geo Barents, which is docked at the Catania's harbor, in Sicily, Italy, receives medical attention, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. In desperation, two Syrian men jumped into the sea, and a third man went in after trying to save them. They were all pulled to safety and spent the night on the dock. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)
            
              Migrants disembarked from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria board a bus, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              A migrant is questioned by Italian authorities aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship as to decide wether he will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship as Italian authorities question them to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              The German humanitarian ship Rise Above, left, arrives in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants peak out from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above as they dock at the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants wait aboard of the Norway-flagged Geo Barents rescue ship for Italian authorities to decide wether they will be allowed to disembark, in Catania's port, Sicily, southern Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. The Geo Barents, and the German-flagged Humanity1 have been allowed to disembark what the Italian authorities defined "vulnerable people" and minors, while other two ships carrying rescued migrants remained at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Di Nonno)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants peak out from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above as they dock at the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              The German humanitarian ship Rise Above, left, arrives in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants peak out from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above as they dock at the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants disembark from the German humanitarian ship Rise Above docked in the southern Italian port town of Reggio Calabria, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.German humanitarian group Mission Lifeline said its ship docked in southern Italy early Tuesday and disembarked the 89 people it had rescued in the central Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Valeria Ferraro)
            
              Migrants celebrate on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Sicily, southern Italy, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Migrants received the news that the ship is allowed to disembark in the port of Reggio Calabria. (Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Sicily, southern Italy, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Italy allowed one rescue ship, the German run Humanity 1, to enter the Sicilian port and begin disembarking minors, but refused to respond to requests for safe harbor from three other ships carrying 900 more people in nearby waters. (Severine Kpoti/Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Sicily, southern Italy, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Italy allowed one rescue ship, the German run Humanity 1, to enter the Sicilian port and begin disembarking minors, but refused to respond to requests for safe harbor from three other ships carrying 900 more people in nearby waters. (Severine Kpoti/Mission Lifeline Via AP)
            
              Migrants on the deck of the Rise Above rescue ship run by the German organization Mission Lifeline, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Sicily, southern Italy, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Italy allowed one rescue ship, the German run Humanity 1, to enter the Sicilian port and begin disembarking minors, but refused to respond to requests for safe harbor from three other ships carrying 900 more people in nearby waters. (Severine Kpoti/Mission Lifeline Via AP)

MILAN (AP) — The far-right-led Italian government’s weekslong standoff with aid groups running rescue ships partially eased Tuesday, as officials allowed all remaining migrants on two rescue ships to access port. But a ship with 234 rescued migrants still at sea appealed to France to offer it a safe port after more than two weeks of silence from Italy.

Italy was allowing migrants it had previously rejected as “not vulnerable” to disembark the Geo Barents, run by Doctors without Borders, in the Sicilian port of Catania. That comes after all 89 migrants aboard a German-run rescue ship were allowed to disembark on the Italian mainland earlier in the day.

Thirty-five migrants rescued at sea on the Humanity 1 ship were deemed by Italy to be not vulnerable and were blocked for days from getting off the boat. That’s despite protests from the aid group and experts who say all people found at sea in distress are entitled to the closest safe port under international law.

Italian private TV La7 reported late Tuesday that those 35 also were being disembarked but there was no immediate confirmation from the charity.

Premier Giorgia Meloni defended Italy’s hard-line stance, saying voters that brought her government to power in September “asked us to defend the Italian borders.”

“Our goal is to defend legality, security and the dignity of every person. for this we need to stop illegal immigration, and avoid new deaths in the sea and fight human trafficking,” she said in a Facebook post.

Doctors without Borders, which operates the Geo Barents, said the disembarkation of the remaining 214 migrants on board was “a great relief after weeks of waiting.”

With its Ocean Viking rescue ship still in open seas 18 days after its first rescue, the European aid group SOS Mediteranee appealed to France for a safe port, saying the situation on the ship has reached “a critical limit.” Italian authorities have ignored repeated requests for a port.

“We are facing very severe consequences, including risks of loss of lives,” Xavier Lauth, the group’s director of operations. “Physical and psychological well-being of survivors and crew have been exhausted by over two weeks of blockage at sea. It is now a humanitarian emergency.”

Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Piantedosi, laid the groundwork to close Italian ports to humanitarian rescue ships by drafting measures contending that two aid groups — SOS Humanity and SOS Mediteranee — were violating procedures by not properly coordinating their rescues.

SOS Humanity, which is also based in Germany, confirmed Tuesday that the 35 people remaining on board its ship following the vetting process and submitted requests for fast-tracked political asylum through a court in Catania. It said the condition of the people on the Humanity 1 was deteriorating daily, and that some had started a hunger strike.

In desperation, two Syrian men jumped into the sea from one of the ships, the Geo Berents, on Monday, and a third went in after to try to save them, said Doctors Without Borders, which operates the ship.

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Nicole Winfield contributed from Rome.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department vowed Saturday to usher in an era of integrity and collaboration after his predecessor’s tenure was marked by clashes with other public officials and allegations that ganglike groups of deputies ran amok within the agency. Robert Luna took an oath of office […]
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In this photo provided by the Royal Collection Trust/© His Majesty King Charles III 2022 on Saturd...
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St. Edward’s Crown moved out of tower ahead of coronation

LONDON (AP) — St. Edward’s Crown, the centerpiece of the Crown Jewels viewed by millions of people every year at the Tower of London, has been moved to an undisclosed location for modification in preparation for the coronation of King Charles III next year. The move was kept secret for security reasons until the operation […]
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