Some 82 migrants were allowed to disembark from the rescue ship 'Ocean Viking' on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Saturday, after being stranded at sea for six days.

Italian authorities granted permission for the vessel to dock in Lampedusa earlier in the day.

The vessel, which is operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), rescued 50 migrants in the Mediterranean last Sunday and took 34 more from another boat. A nine-month-pregnant woman and her husband were reportedly airlifted to Malta earlier this week.

The move comes several days after Italy’s new coalition government took office. Former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had previously banned rescue ships from docking at Italian ports.

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