Italian special forces on Friday boarded a cargo ship sailing from Turkey to France because the crew was threatened by “pirates” off the coast of Italy. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense in Rome, which was referred to by the AFP news agency.
Italian special forces board a cargo ship sailing from Turkey to France on Friday, June 9, 2023, as the crew was threatened by “pirates” off the coast of Italy.
“The (special forces) operation is underway, there are pirates on board… The stowaways are using weapons that look like daggers and are threatening the crew,” Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto told reporters.
“A group of migrants tried to take some crew members hostage on the bridge,” the ANSA news agency wrote.
Marines boarded the ship off Naples after “a group of persons, believed to be migrants, threatened the crew with knives”, a Ministry of Defense spokesman said.
The special forces have taken control of the ship, but they are still searching it to see if there are any other illegal passengers hiding on it, the spokesman added.
The Galata Seaways cargo ship is intended for the transport of vehicles. It sails under the Turkish flag with 22 crew members.
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