Italy: 70 migrants on ship awaiting OK to land jump into sea

The Spanish humanitarian rights group Open Arms says more than 70 migrants awaiting landfall off Palermo have jumped ship in desperation

Ten of the Open Arms migrants had also needed to be rescued on Wednesday after they jumped into the sea off Sicily’s southern coast, when they were informed that nearby Malta had refused them entry, the NGO said. The ship then headed for Palermo, on Sicily's northern coast, where it awaited instructions on where to disembark its passengers.

Humanitarian groups complain that the European Union is abandoning migrants making the dangerous sea crossing from North Africa. They say that the EU is instead bolstering the Libyan Coast Guard, with the goal of preventing migrants from departing the lawless country where many complain they have faced torture.