11 Jun, 2018 @ 14:59
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Spain agrees to take more than 600 stranded migrants after Italy and Malta refuse

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NEW PM: Sanchez

SPAIN’S new prime minister has agreed to give ‘safe harbour’ to a stranded ship carrying 629 migrants. 

Pedro Sanchez made the decision to avoid a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’.

It comes after Malta and Italy refused to take in the Aquarius ship, which has many children and pregnant woman onboard.

Some of the stranded migrants

The UN refugee agency and the EU had both called for a swift end to the stand-off between the two countries.

Sanchez said the ship will dock in Valencia.

The migrants aboard the Aquarius were picked up in six different rescue operations off Libya’s coast, according to the German charity SOS Méditerranée.

 

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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