Almost 400 migrants disembarked in Catania, Sicily on Saturday (May 6) after being rescued by a ship operated by MOAS. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Almost 400 migrants disembarked in the Sicilian port of Catania on Saturday (May 6) after being rescued by a ship operated by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). The Phoenix was also carrying the body of a Gambian teenager who was allegedly shot by human traffickers because they wanted his baseball hat. Humanitarian rescue ships have come in for criticism in Italy in recent months, with Catania chief prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro opening a fact-finding investigation into possible ties between NGOs and people-smugglers. The NGOs have strongly denied the accusations and continue to urge for more action to help migrants reach Europe in a legal and safe manner to avoid the deadly risks from using illegal traffickers. According to the International Organisation for Migration, over 1,000 migrants have died or are missing trying to cross the Mediterranean this year. There had been a pause of boat departures from Libya, where smugglers operate with impunity, since Easter, because of bad weather and sea conditions. But boat migrant arrivals in Italy are still up 30 percent so far this year from 2016, when a record 181,000 arrived.