Migrants hijacked a cargo ship in Libyan waters on Wednesday and compelled the crew to reroute the vessel north to Europe, in keeping with Italian and Maltese authorities.
The Armed Forces of Malta mentioned army personnel have been standing by and the hijacked vessel nonetheless was in Libyan territorial waters on Wednesday evening.
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Italian Inside Minister Matteo Salvini mentioned the service provider ship, El Hiblu 1, rescued migrants within the Mediterranean Sea earlier Wednesday. He says about 120 rescued passengers have been on board when the hijacking occurred.
Salvini mentioned “it could be the primary act of piracy on the excessive seas with migrants that hijacked” a cargo ship.
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Salvini says climate circumstances on the water weren’t good and it’s too early to inform if the ship was being directed towards Malta or Italy’s Lampedusa island.