Rome, Aug 24: Twenty-nine unaccompanied minors have been allowed to disembark from a coastguard ship that's been docked in the Sicilian port of Catania since Monday, said a Euronews report.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has been resisting pressure to let the 177 migrants off the Diciotti until other European countries agree to take them in. But he announced on Facebook that the young people could come ashore.
The migrants were rescued from an overcrowded boat a week ago following a row with Malta.Rome insisted that Malta should take the group because the boat first passed through its search-and-rescue area, but Valletta refused, claiming the people wanted to reach Italy. (UNI)