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Pregnant woman evacuated off migrant ship by the AFM

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Malta’s
armed forces airlifted a 9 months pregnant Nigerian woman and her husband
Wednesday from a charity-run ship carrying more than 80 migrants rescued in the
Mediterranean Sea.

A helicopter
winched the couple off the Ocean Viking, a sea rescue ship operated by
nonprofit groups SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, after the vessel
requested a medical evacuation earlier in the day.

A midwife
and a medical team examined the pregnant woman on the Ocean Viking and
determined she had “developed a serious medical complication which could put
her and the baby at risk,” Doctors Without Borders Project Coordinator Erkinalp
Kesikli said.

The
Norwegian-flagged ship also appealed to Malta and Italy for a safe place of
disembarkation for the 82 other migrants on board, but did not receive an
immediate reply Wednesday.

Italy’s
previous government closed its ports to humanitarian rescue ships. It is not
yet clear if the government that took office last week will continue the
policy.

The crew on
the Ocean Viking found 50 of the migrants in a rubber boat Sunday, including
the woman due to give birth at any time. The ship took on another 34 migrants
Monday from a sailboat operated by another humanitarian group.

The Ocean
Viking received instructions Tuesday to bring the migrants to the port in
Zawiyah, Libya. The crew refused, saying Libya is not a safe place to
disembark.

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