REPORT: Spain offers to take loaded migrant ship amid Italy-Malta standoff (video)

BY TEAM DML / JUNE 11, 2018 /

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ROME (AP) — Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. The diplomatic standoff left the migrants stranded in the Mediterranean Sea and revealed the brass-knuckled negotiating tactics of Italy’s new anti-immigrant government.

Italy and Malta quickly thanked Spain’s new Socialist prime minister for the offer to receive aid group SOS Mediterranee’s ship at the port of Valencia. But it wasn’t certain if the voyage was feasible given the distance and how long the rescue vessel had been at sea.

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The Aquarius on Monday was more than 1,400 kilometers (over 750 nautical miles) from Valencia and said it had received no instructions yet to head to Spain.

“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 Laurent said.

The U.N. refugee agency, the European Union, Germany and humanitarian groups had all demanded that the Mediterranean countries put their domestic politics aside and urgently consider the plight of the 629 migrants, among them more than 100 children, pregnant women and people suffering from hypothermia.

“The duty of a democratic government is not to look away” in a humanitarian crisis, said Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, who also offered her port as a potential solution to the standoff.

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  1. Wanda Dunn June 11th, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    It’s BS. These people get on boats knowing someone will take them in when they have kids. They’re not stupid. Take the kids only because the men are a risk for Countries


  2. David June 11th, 2018 at 1:54 pm



  3. Steve June 11th, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Must not teach history in Spain. The Moors(Muslims) conquered Christian Spain and ruled for almost 800 years.


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