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Migrant rescue ship arrives in Italian port in defiance of Salvini

Lisa Micheal 15 Jul 7

The Italilan-flagged boat, operated by Mediterranea, a pro-migrant NGO, was greeted at the port by a line of police officers deployed by Salvini.
Later, Salvini said via Twitter the migrants were off the boat following the legal seizure of the vessel. He also announced an investigation against the crew members for allegedly aiding illegal immigration.
Mediterranea said it was pleased the rescued migrants were finally receiving medical attention after several hours waiting in port, but called the investigation "baseless."
Earier in the day, Salvini asked the Alex to abandon Italy's waters and sail for Malta's capital, Valletta, where officials had agreed to let them through.
But Mediterranea argued that sailing to Malta would mean "putting the health and safety of people on board of Alex at serious risk."
Italy's Public Television (RAI) reported that the Alex ran out of water and was overcrowded. The vessel has a legal capacity for 18 people, but was hosting 41 migrants and several crew members.

CNN's Kay Guerrero and Radina Gigova in Atlanta, Duarte Mendonca in London and Valentina DiDonato in Rome contributed to this report.