Tuesday, June 12, 2018

After Malta and Italy Balk, Spain Offers to Accept More than 600 Refugees on Ship


Al Jazeera reports on a big refugee story from Europe.  Spain's new government has stepped up and offered to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 refugees and migrants, including 123 unaccompanied minors, on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, a socialist who took office just over a week ago, gave instructions for the humanitarian vessel to be admitted to the eastern port of Valencia, his office said in a statement yesterday.

The Aquarius took the people, including seven pregnant women, from inflatable boats off the coast of Libya.


The Aquarius picked up nearly 630 migrants, including over 120 unaccompanied children and seven pregnant women on Saturday (09/06).  Photo: Getty



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