6 migrants denied entry, attempt suicide in ship

Rome , July 4:

Six migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their inability to find a country willing to take them in, the charity that operates the vessel has said.

SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement said that the ship carrying 180 migrants declared a state of emergency to stress the deteriorating situation on board as the crew renews its appeals for safe harbour.

The charity said it lodged seven requests for permission to enter a port, but Italy and Malta said no.

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