Wednesday, 08 December 2021 01:19 GMT

Spain to receive migrant rescue ship rejected by Italy, Malta

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) MADRID, June 30 (KUNA) -- Spain has allowed a migrant rescue ship to dock at its ports after being turned away by both Italy and Malta - the second initiative of its kind this month, according to reports on Saturday.
The vessel, which belongs to the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, is said to be carrying 59 rescued migrants who represent some 14 countries, including Palestine, Syria, Egypt and Libya, amongst others.
The approval was given by Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as the vessel is currently sailing close to the shores of Libya, government sources told Spanish news agency, EFE.
As things stand, the ship's captain has been told to decide when to make the journey, expected to take four days.
Spain's announcement had followed a similar gesture made by Barcelona mayor Ada Colau. She announced the region's readiness to host the migrants, who include five women and four children.
Madrid had earlier accepted a rescue ship carrying 629 migrants, including 123 unaccompanied children. (end)


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