Migrant rescue ship rejected by Italy and Malta to be accepted in Spain

Mediterranean rescue ship with 629 people on board that has not been allowed to dock in Italy and Malta, would, according to Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, be accepted in Spain to help avoid a humanitarian disaster.

British public broadcaster BBC reports on Tuesday, June 12, that the migrants aboard the Aquarius were picked up from inflatable boats off the coast of Libya at the weekend, in six different rescue operations, according to the NGO SOS Méditerranée.

The Council of Europe welcomed Spain’s move, with the organisation’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, tweeting: «Saving lives at sea is an obligation that states must always uphold.»

According to SOS Méditerranée, Those saved include 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 younger children and seven pregnant women and the minors are from the African nations of Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria and Sudan.

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted his gratitude to Spain, saying Italy had broken international rules and caused a standoff.

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