Migrant ship finally sets sail to safe port in Spain

Migrant ship finally sets sail to safe port in Spain

Migrant ship finally sets sail to safe port in Spain

Migrants are rescued by staff members of the MV Aquarius, a search and rescue ship run in partnership between SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres in the central Mediterranean Sea, June 10, 2018.

"The prime minister has given instructions for Spain to honour worldwide commitments on humanitarian crises and announced that the country will receive the ship Aquarius", his office said in a statement.

Beau acknowledged that Italy, whose populist new government refused to allow the Aquarius to dock, must not have to "shoulder the burden alone" after taking the brunt of the migrant crisis for years as the main entry point from Africa.

Both Italy and Malta had come under increasing worldwide pressure to allow the migrant rescue ship to dock, and they continued to argue over who was responsible. Italy has long demanded that the European Union change its migration policy and make good on promises to accept more refugees, saying Italy has been left alone to coordinate rescues and accept the migrants for asylum processing.

Sánchez, who took office a week ago, said the ship would dock in Valencia.

On Sunday, Italy refused the Aquarius permission to enter a port of refuge to offload the migrants.

"VICTORY", tweeted Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

European charity, SOS Méditerranée, said the group of sub-Saharan Africans were picked up in six different rescue operations off the coast of Libya.

Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat accused Italy of violating worldwide norms governing sea rescues and said the government's stance risked "creating a risky situation for all those involved".

The incident was first reported by German migrant aid group Sea-Watch, which said 41 people were rescued and 12 bodies recovered during the operation. "We are talking about people ..."

Italy has had to deal with hundreds of thousands of migrants in recent years who passed through Libya to reach Europe.

"We don't yet have any information about the departure time", the charity's Marseille-based spokeswoman Laura Garel told Agence France-Presse, adding that the journey from Maltese waters to Valencia would take at least three days. "Given the boat's location, it is between Italy and Malta".

Even as he drew his line, an Italian coast guard vessel with 936 migrants and two migrants' bodies on board was headed toward Catania, Sicily, where it was expected to dock on Tuesday evening, Italian news agency ANSA said.

"Spain's decision was welcomed by Italy, whose coalition government includes a right-wing, anti-immigrant party".

"All EU governments and institutions must step up and support countries on the frontline dealing with sea arrivals such as Italy, to guarantee shared solutions and stop unacceptable silence and inaction from EU states".

The Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center told Aquarius on Sunday to stand by in their current position, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) tweeted.

"Italy has stopped bowing our heads and obeying", Mr Salvini said in a Facebook post.

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