Rome on Thursday afternoon gave the order to confiscate the lifeboat of the NGO Lifeline, with 224 immigrants on board, and drive it to port forcibly for violating international laws and sailing under false flag. In addition there is another ship patrolling the area, the Seefuchs, while the Aquarius and the Open Arms are directed there from Spanish waters. The rescue ships of the NGOs, as has already happened to the Aquarius, are under intense pressure from the Italian government by order of the Italian transport minister, Danilo Toninelli.

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