“These are not migrants in need, these are pirates,” is what Italian Interior Minister Mr Matteo Salvini said when he was informed that 108 African refugees had taken over control of the Elhiblu 1 oil tanker and were on route to his country.
Earlier this week, the crew of the oil tanker saved a small boat with refugees off the coast of Libya. Once safely and well on board, the captain informed them that the ship was on it’s way to Tripoli, the Libyan capital and that it would drop them off there.
The refugees then captured the crew and took command of the tanker.
The ship is now on its way to Malta. According to Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, a strong opponent of illegal immigration, the hijackers have no chance of getting into his country. “They will only see Italy through binoculars,” he responded. “This is a clear case of organized crime. Our ports remain closed. “
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