American actor Richard Gere, aboard the Open Arms ship, among the 121 migrants stranded for a week off Lampedusa de Salvini Island

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The American actor boarded a ship hired by a Spanish NGO on Friday morning, where he met with crew and migrants – including about 30 minors.”We are here, on the Open Arms ship”, the actor announced in a video recording, in which he appears among the migrants, broadcast by the NGO Proactiva.

“I just arrived from Lampedusa. I brought in as much water and we could bring everyone on board ”.The actor is due to hold a press conference on Saturday.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who broke the far-right and populist 14-month-old coalition in Italy on Thursday, throwing the country into a political crisis, has refused to welcome the 121 migrants aboard the Open Arms.

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