Muslim invaders hijack ship that rescued them and are heading towards Italy or Malta
Muslim invaders hijacked a merchant ship that rescued them from a sinking boat off the coast of Libya and ordered it to head towards Italy, the Italian government said.
The Turkish-owned 846-ton tanker named El Hiblu 1 was on its way to Tripoli, the capital of Lybia when the migrants reportedly forced the 12-man crew to turn around and start sailing north.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini claimed the ship had been bound for Libya after picking up the migrants but had been taken over, turned towards Europe and was now heading for Malta or the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Both countries said El Hiblu 1 would not be allowed to enter their national waters.
Holding up a map of the Mediterranean, Salvini vowed that the estimated 108 invaders would not be allowed to set foot on Italian soil.
‘We received reports of a pirated ship heading towards Malta or Lampedusa (off Sicily) and we’re monitoring the situation,’ a Maltese coastguard spokesman said.
But human rights groups said they were trying to escape the “hell” of detention camps in Libya and should be directed towards a safe port.
Refusing to let the migrants into Italy, Salvini tweeted: ‘They’re not shipwrecked, they’re pirates. They should know that they will only see Italy with a telescope.’