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Italy: Desperate migrants are said to have hijacked ship – special storm it

2023-06-10T19:23:13.133Z

Highlights: The ship "Galata Seaways" departed on Wednesday from the port of Topcular near Istanbul in Turkey and was on its way to Sète near Montpellier in southern France. The crew (16 men) and passengers (3) entrenched themselves in the cabins and on the bridge, respectively. The migrants were armed with two knives and a box cutter. Three of the men are being investigated for possession of weapons because of their knives. Four of the migrants, including the two women, were hospitalized.



15 migrants are said to have hijacked this cargo ship in the Gulf of Naples. © ANSA / afp

15 migrants who wanted to travel from Turkey to France as stowaways of a ship are said to have hijacked a cargo ship after the crew discovered them in Italian waters. The Italian Navy freed the ship in a spectacular operation.

Sorrento - The ship "Galata Seaways" departed on Wednesday from the port of Topcular near Istanbul in Turkey and was on its way to Sète near Montpellier in southern France. It is a "ro-ro" freighter – a ship that transports truck trailers.

The Marine Brigade San Marco freed the ship. © Scuola di Fanteria e Cavalleria/Facebook

When stowaways sneaked onto the ship near Istanbul

The 13 men and two women (one pregnant) from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan had boarded the ship in Turkey as stowaways. The captain of the ship later told investigators, according to RAI, that he had seen two men "roaming" with knives near the ship's engine room on Friday. When they met with the rest of the group, he raised the alarm about 90 miles southwest of Naples.

The emergency services secure the ship inside. © Scuola di Fanteria e Cavalleria/Facebook

The crew (16 men) and passengers (3) entrenched themselves in the cabins and on the bridge, respectively. The migrants were armed with two knives and a box cutter. "When they discovered us, we were afraid they would try to stop us from bringing them back," Captain Philipps told La Stampa. According to the Italian news agency Ansa, it is not yet clear whether the migrants wanted to use their knives. "It is therefore unclear whether this is an attempted kidnapping or not," it said. However, on websites that allow you to follow the routes of ships, you can see a bend in the course of the Galata Seaways to the east towards the Italian coast.

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Three men with knives: Navy Seals storm ship to SOS

The captain radioed SOS to the emergency center in Ankara, which informed the Italian authorities. They launched a seven-hour anti-terror operation. Two helicopters quickly reached the ship, which had already been boarded by Coast Guard and Financial Guard boats. In two helicopters, the Italian Navy Seals of the brigade "San Marco" were roped down to the deck of the Galata Seaways.

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Aspecial unit stormed the ship at sea. © Scuola di Fanteria e Cavalleria/Facebook

After searching for some refugees who were hiding in the hold of the large ferry, the special forces secured the ship. Defense Minister Guido Crosetto tweeted afterwards: "The kidnappers have been caught. Everything ended well."

The stowaways were brought ashore and interrogated by the police. They told the authorities that they were afraid they could be repatriated to Turkey. Three of the men are being investigated for possession of weapons because of their knives. Whether it was actually an attempted kidnapping must now be clarified. Four of the migrants, including the two women, were hospitalized. The ship continued its journey after the mission.

In Italy, there is a very heated discussion about the large number of refugees who come across the sea. Even the post-fascist President Giorgia Meloni has not succeeded in reducing the number of arrivals of migrants, on the contrary. In the EU's asylum compromise, however, Italy has now been able to obtain many concessions, including from Germany.

Source: merkur

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