The president of the European Parliament David Sassoli urges the Italian authorities to let the ship enter the port today.
"Today, my office was in contact with the captain of the Open Arms mission who described conditions on board as scarcely tolerable. The situation has become dramatic,” said David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament.
“The immigrants have been blocked on the vessel for already 14 days just one kilometre off the port of Lampedusa.” He added: “They are now giving up and are inflicting acts of self-harm, while they lose sense of reality. The hygiene conditions on board are worse than ever and it is necessary to allow an immediate disembarkation of those on board. I hope that the Italian authorities understand the gravity of the humanitarian emergency on board the vessel and agree to let them enter the port today,” Sassoli concluded.