AYS Daily Digest 24/01/19: Cyclone Producing 7 Meter Waves Hits Mediterranean

47 people rescued on Board Sea Watch 3, denied access to Italian Ports as Weather Worsened in Mediterranean//100 people remain trapped in Nador Detention Facility//Situation in Libyan Detention Camp Mistrata Deteriorating// Weather Warning for Greece// Fourth Day of Protests on Samos// Salvini to Close Largest Reception Center in Europe Cara Mineo// 2000 people Sleeping on Streets of Paris// UK returns people who crossed the English Channel from France… And more…

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Source: Federico Scoppa


Five days ago the SAR vessel Sea Watch 3 rescued 47 people from a shipwreck in the Mediterranean, including 8 unaccompanied minors. It is reported that around 100 others drowned in the incident. Since then, the rescued group has been stranded on board the vessel, which has been prevented from disembarking on any Italian or Maltese port. As weather conditions worsened and a rare Mediterranean cyclone that produced waves up to seven meters, Sea Watch 3 spent the day sheltering from the bad weather conditions close to the coast of Eastern Sicily.

GOVERNMENT MEASURES AGAINST RIGHTS AND DIGNITY!We have great responsibilities before us: to rebel and disobey unjust laws, to reiterate and build spaces of solidarity, to leave the social networks to meet in the streets and streets to rediscover so many * and divers *.
Open ports, borders, our cities, streets and squares because without dissent there is no democracy.
Open citizenship to present and future generations
Affirming the rescue on land and sea as an indisputable and just action.
Let us also save ourselves to remain human *!
This is why we are waiting for you on Friday 25th January at 5.00pm in Piazza Esquilino,Near the interior ministry, we must make ourselves heard!
Bring a saucepan with you, ladles and instruments for noise!


Nador New reports that a group of unaccompanied minors from Morocco arrived in Nador early in the morning. Local media has reported that they were intercepted by members of the civil guard. Some of them were treated for symptoms of fever and cold by The Red Cross. They are expected to be transferred to the overcrowded unaccompanied minor accommodation center.


Watch The Med — Alarmphone reports on the situation in Libyan detention centre Mistrata. They have attempted to keep in contact with the people detained but their reception broke off reportedly after military entered the facility. It is feared that phones were confiscated. Before the connection broke off, some women they were in contact with reported that they attempted to break out of the prison, but were met with military men with guns who pointed them at them. It is believed that 500 people are inside the prison. They request media attention, food and doctors.


47 people remain trapped on board of SAR vessel Sea-Watch 3 as 7 M waves bad weather conditions are predicted to hit the Mediterranean.


A weather warning has been issued for Greece, with powerful rainfalls, storms, hale and gusty winds expected to hit between Jan 23 — Jan 27, 2019.

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Source: AYS

The Islands:


People on the Move in Samos continue their fourth day of protest at the Asylum Service Center, against the inhumane living conditions on the Greek Island.


Independent volunteers report on the impact of the bad weather from the ground ‘Another day of torrential rain on Lesvos. Everywhere is flooded, even driving is a challenge.’


Increase of arrivals to Leros, hotspot is overcrowded.




Interior Minister Salvini has announced that the next center to close in Italy will be the Cara Mineo, the largest reception facility in Europe.


Calais Action reports that More the 2000 people are sleeping on the streets of Paris under heavy snow and cold weather.

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Source: Calais Action
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The UK has begun returning people who have reached the UK by crossing the Channel from France. They are doing this in a bid to deter future attempts. Recently the UK paid France £6m for security equipment including drones and video surveillance along the French coast.


European shipowners insist that the EU takes immediate action on the situation in the Mediterranean. European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) is disappointed with Germany’s decision to withdraw from Operation Sophia, launched by the EU in 2015 to capture smugglers and shut down human trafficking operations across the Mediterranean, as well as enforce a weapons embargo on Libya.


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