A rescue charity is preparing to take the Italian government to Court after officials refused to allow thirty-five migrants rescued at sea off its ship.
The migrants deemed by officials as healthy were told to stay on board the rescue vessel in Sicily, while another one hundred and forty-four were allowed to disembark.
The Ship’s Captain has since refused authorities demands to leave the Port.
The stand-off came as Rome repeated its vow to halt migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean.
Italy Prime Minister Giorgia Melon used her maiden speech to MPs in late October to highlight the issue, saying she wanted to stop the people traffickers from having the choice of deciding who enters Italy.
According to the UN, Italy is one of the main entry points into Europe and since the start of the year, eighty-five thousand migrants have arrived on boats.