Italy allows children and sick off migrant ship

STORY: The Geo Barents carrying 572 people was docked in Catania. Footage from MSF showed migrants, one holding a baby, another in a wheelchair, disembarking in the Sicilian port.

Several vessels holding almost 1,000 migrants have been at sea off Italy for more than a week awaiting permission to dock from the country's right-wing government that took office last month.

Earlier on Sunday, Rome said minors and people in need of urgent medical care, in total 144 of 179 passengers, could disembark from Humanity 1, another rescue ship, which had been permitted to dock in Catania.