Child born onboard charity rescue boat airlifted

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Doctors Without Borders says the child along with his mother and three siblings was flown to Sicily  

A newborn baby onboard a charity rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea was flown to Sicily after being rescued in an overnight operation. According to a report by Reuters on Friday, December 9, the child was delivered on the charity boat.  

The NGO group operating the boat said in a statement, the child was born on Wednesday and then airlifted on Thursday to the Italian island, as over 500 other migrants remain at sea, waiting to reach Europe.  

Doctors Without borders (MSF) said, “The newborn Ali and his family were sent to Italy, after Malta said they would only take him and his mother, separating her from her older children”. The organization further said that the baby was in good health.  

MSF has also been cited in the article stating that another nine-month pregnant woman was evacuated to Malta.  

The report said that a total of three NGO rescue vessels are presently waiting to disembark migrants, including, Geo Barents rescue vessel, Humanity 1 and Louise Michel. The three vessels presently have a total of 543 rescued migrants on board.  

Last month over 230 migrants had to sail for France after waiting for more than three weeks at sea, as Italy refused them entry.

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