Before the Mare Jonio was assigned the port of Pozzallo, its crew had threated the Italian interior ministry on Wednesday that they would "enter the first accessible port" without permission if they were not granted permission to land at a port within 10 hours.

Rescued migrants started disembarking from the Sea-Watch 3 on Thursday (June 9) shortly before noon, after the ship was allowed to dock in the port of Pozzallo, in the southern Italian region of Sicily.

Around 100 people were allowed leave the ship between roughly 11.30am and 2pm, a spokesperson for Sea-Watch, the organization that operates the ship, told InfoMigrants.

The first people to leave the ship were “medical emergencies”, followed by unaccompanied minors, according to a Tweet by Sea-Watch.


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