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27 minors to leave Italy migrant ship: charity

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he could authorise the 'alleged' minors to leave the Open Arms ship despite such a move being 'divergent to my orientation.'

FILE: This grab from a video taken by Local Team shows Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms arriving off the island of Lampedusa on 15 August 2019 with 147 migrants on board, after a judge in Rome suspended far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's decree banning them from Italy's territorial waters. Picture: AFP.

ROME - Twenty-seven unaccompanied minors have been authorised to leave a migrant rescue vessel in limbo off Italy, the Spanish charity operating the ship said Saturday.

"They will be evacuated by coastguard Lampedusa," Proactive Open Arms tweeted after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reluctantly authorised the disembarkation.

Salvini wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he could authorise the "alleged" minors to leave the Open Arms ship despite such a move being "divergent to my orientation."

The 106 adults and two accompanied minors must remain on board.

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