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Sea-Eye migrants allowed to disembark in Malta

8 July 2019; DW: The 65 migrants on board the German-flagged rescue ship Alan Kurdi have been taken ashore to Malta and will be transferred to other EU member states, the Maltese government said in a statement on Sunday.  

Maltese authorities said they had rescued a further 50 migrants in the country's search and rescue zone on Sunday, after receiving a distress call. 

Malta bans Sea-Eye migrant rescue ship from its waters

7 July 2019; DW: Maltese armed forces were monitoring the German-flagged rescue ship Alan Kurdi on Sunday, as the vessel was sailing toward the island nation.

"They have no permit to enter Maltese territorial waters," an army spokesman told Germany's dpa news agency.

The ship, operated by German charity Sea-Eye, has 65 migrants on board. Three of them "collapsed in the heat" and are under "acute medical care" the charity said on Twitter.

Maltese navy seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

28 Mar 2019; DW: Malta's navy said that a special operations team had taken control of a tanker that was hijacked by migrants off the coast of Libya. The ship arrived at a Maltese port on Thursday morning.

The migrants had taken control of the vessel on Wednesday, and directed it north toward Europe, according to Italian and Maltese authorities.

Malta opens waters to German NGO rescue boats

03 Jan 2019; DW: Berlin-based Sea-Watch said conditions on the boats had become dangerous, with migrants suffering from severe sea-sickness and post-traumatic stress disorder. The vessels were denied access to ports in Malta and Italy.

German migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 sent a desperate plea on Wednesday for a harbor to dock. Conditions aboard the ship have worsened, after 12 days at sea and bad weather conditions on the Mediterranean, Sea-Watch said in a statement posted on Twitter.

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