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Rescue Ship Poses New Test for Italy’s Hard-Line Migrant Policies

ROME — A rescue ship carrying 42 migrants floated in Italian waters off the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa on Thursday, further inflaming tensions between humanitarian groups and Italy’s populist government, which has adopted hard-line immigration policies.

The ship, the Sea Watch 3, is operated by Sea-Watch, a German nongovernmental organization, and flies a Dutch flag. It has been at sea for two weeks, awaiting instructions for a safe harbor at which to disembark the migrants, which it picked up in international waters off Libya. The vessel entered Italian waters Wednesday evening.

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