After refusal of Italy & Malta, Spain opens territorial waters for NGO ship carrying migrants

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MADRID – Spain’s Foreign Ministry gave permission Saturday to an NGO ship carrying 311 rescued migrants to set course for Spain after Italy and other Mediterranean countries did not answer its request to dock, according to AP.

Libya, France and Tunisia did not respond to a request from Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms to disembark the 311 men, women, children and babies, Spain said, after Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said the migrants were not welcome.

Open Arms said it now has permission to enter the Spanish port of Algeciras. On its Twitter account, Proactiva said “it will be many and difficult days sailing, but we have a safe port.”

Late Friday, Proactiva Open Arms has rescued nearly 300 migrants off Libya.

Among those rescued is a newborn baby. His mother gave birth on a beach in Libya two days before they were rescued by Open Arms. The mother and her newborn have been evacuated by Coast Guard helicopter to Malta.

Nearly 300 migrants rescued by Open Arms off Libya


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