Migrants disembark in Italy's Lampedusa

A German charity ship that rescued 65 shipwrecked migrants off Libya says it won't try to force its way into an Italian port but will instead head to Malta.

A German non-governmental organisation says its rescue ship Alan Kurdi, carrying 65 shipwrecked migrants who were rescued off Libya, will no longer try to enter into the Italian port of Lampedusa and will instead head towards Malta.

"In the evening, the #AlanKurdi changed its course towards Malta. We can not wait until the state of emergency prevails," Sea-Eye tweeted on Saturday.

"Now it has to be proven whether the European governments stand by Italy's attitude. Human lives are not a bargaining chip," the NGO adds.

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