Refugee and migrant rescue ship with more than 200 people on board heads to France after Italy refuses it permission to dock as its new right-wing PM Giorgia Meloni attempts to crack down on migration across the Mediterranean.
Around 600 refugees will be distributed to different regions in southern Italy to disburden the refugee centre, says Interior Ministry.
At least three people were killed after the explosion, which was likely caused by a gas leak, said authorities, who have opened an investigation.
Italy’s former interior minister Matteo Salvini was present for the opening day of the trial for his actions preventing migrant landings in Sicily in 2019.
Europe continues to struggle with some of the worst wildfires the region has seen in decades.
The Italian island of Lampedusa is one of the main landing points on the route for migrants departing mostly from Tunisia and Libya to reach Europe.
The people aboard were "in serious psycho-physical conditions that make it impossible for them to stay on the petrol tanker", Mediterranea said after the transfer.
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The boat, which survivors said had departed from Libya taking advantage of a respite in bad weather, was believed to be carrying some 170 people.
Italian coastguard says it recovered bodies of 13 women, some of them pregnant, after a small overloaded boat carrying around 50 migrants capsized off Lampedusa.
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