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US News Spain to take 629 migrants snubbed by Italy

14:34  12 june  2018
14:34  12 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

1st boat of Aquarius convoy with 630 migrants docks in Spain

  1st boat of Aquarius convoy with 630 migrants docks in Spain The first Italian government ship accompanying the migrant aid boat Aquarius has docked at the Spanish port of Valencia.VALENCIA, Spain — The first Italian government ship accompanying the migrant aid vessel Aquarius with 630 people aboard on Sunday docked at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong perilous crossing of the Mediterranean.

MADRID/ROME — Spain offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.

Spain today offered to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean Sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.

A helper from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) holds a Nigerian child as he and his mother (unseen) disembark from the MV Aquarius upon its arrival at the Sicilian port of Messina last month © Getty A helper from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) holds a Nigerian child as he and his mother (unseen) disembark from the MV Aquarius upon its arrival at the Sicilian port of Messina last month

Hundreds of stranded migrants on board a rescue vessel which Italian authorities refused to allow into its docks are to be taken to Spain - by Italian ships.

The 629 people, including seven pregnant women and 100 unaccompanied children, are to make another four-day journey to Valencia just as the Aquarius ship was about to run out of supplies.

People on board the vessel, which has been stranded in the Mediterranean after both Italy and Malta refused to allow it to dock at the weekend, will be transferred to Italian ships and be given food and water.

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  Thirty-five migrants killed after boat sinks off Tunisia coast Thirty-five migrants have died and 67 others rescued after their boat sank off the Tunisia coast. The rescue of more people, who are of Tunisian and other nationalities, is ongoing, the ministry said. Security officials said the boat was packed with about 180 migrants, including 80 from other African countries. The interior ministry reported a distress call on Saturday night at 10:45 pm from "a fishing boat about to sink" with migrants on board.Tunisians and seven foreigners were among the survivors, including nationals from Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco and Cameroon, said a defence ministry spokesman.

ROME (AP) — Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. An aid ship carrying 629 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean was waiting to learn where it can dock. The NGO SOS Mediterranee tweeted on

Among the migrants are 400 migrants rescued by Italy ’s coast guard and navy and private cargo An aid ship carrying 629 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean was waiting to learn where it can Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants

Migrants are rescued by staff members of the MV Aquarius on 10 June © Reuters Migrants are rescued by staff members of the MV Aquarius on 10 June

Italy's refusal at the weekend marks the first major anti-migrant move since far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini took office this month promising to crack down on illegal immigration.

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"Supplies will be received shortly from an Italian vessel onto #Aquarius. Plan from MRCC (the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) Rome is that rescued people will later be transferred on Italian ships before heading together to" the eastern Spanish port of Valencia, rescue charity SOS Mediterranee said on Twitter.

Italy shuts ports to rescue ship with over 600 migrants

  Italy shuts ports to rescue ship with over 600 migrants A group of more than 600 migrants appear to have become the first subjects of the new Italian government's tough immigration stance without having even set foot on Italian soil. A charity rescue vessel carrying 629 people is currently stranded in the Mediterranean after Matteo Salvini, the new Italian interior minister, reportedly refused to allow it to dock at Italian ports.Mr Salvini, whose far-right League Party's tough line on immigration won it a record number of votes in March's election, has promised to deport half a million illegal migrants from Italy.

ROME: Spain offered Monday to take in a ship stranded in the Mediterranean with 629 migrants aboard after Italy and Malta refused to let the vessel dock in their ports. The migrants , including pregnant women and scores of children

Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. “It means that we need at least two more days of sailing, which is not possible today with 629 people on board,” SOS Mediterranee Maritime Operations Manager Antoine

Spanish socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez offered to allow the Aquarius to dock in Valencia, insisting it was an "obligation" to do so.

Video: Spain Offers Docking At Valencia To Stranded Humanitarian Ship (Wochit News)

Authorities on the French island of Corsica also offered to host the migrants after SOS Mediterranee raised fears that the Aquarius would not be able to reach Spain safely due to deteriorating weather conditions.

SOS Mediterranee said an approaching storm would bring with it waves of over 2 metres (6.5 ft) making any trip to Spain highly uncomfortable.

"This plan would mean already exhausted rescued people would endure 4 more days travel at sea," Doctors Without Borders said on Twitter. "(We) call for people's safety to come before politics."

Child migrants 'abused by French guards', says Oxfam

  Child migrants 'abused by French guards', says Oxfam Children as young as 12 have been physically abused, detained and forcibly returned to Italy by French border guards in a breach of international standards, Oxfam has claimed. A report from the charity says children complained about being "physically and verbally abused, and detained overnight in cells without food, water or blankets and with no access to an official guardian," all contrary to French and EU law.It says French police routinely stop unaccompanied children and put them on trains back to Italy after altering their paperwork to make them appear older, or to make it appear that they want to be sent back.

Rome (AFP) -. Spain offered Monday to take in a ship stranded in the Mediterranean with 629 migrants aboard after Italy and Malta refused to let the vessel dock in their ports.

Spain offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock. The Aquarius picked up the migrants from inflatable boats and rafts off the coast of Libya at the weekend

A migrant and his child disembark from the MV Aquarius last month © Getty A migrant and his child disembark from the MV Aquarius last month

It added: "The better option would be to disembark the rescued people in the nearest port after which they can be transferred to Spain or other safe countries for further care and legal processing."

The migrants were picked up off the Libyan coast at the weekend and were packed onto the Aquarius which is operated by the charities SOS Mediterranee and Medecins san Frontieres.

Malta and Italy both thanked Spain for stepping up, but maintained their dispute over who was responsible. "VICTORY," tweeted Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

A European Union summit later this month is due to consider changes to asylum law to better share the burden of incoming migrants.

More than 1.8 million people have entered Europe since 2014, with more than 600,000 arriving in Italy.

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