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Open Arms suggests Italy take rescue ship migrants to Spain

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The commanders of a rescue ship with 98 migrants aboard declined to leave Italian waters on Monday, saying that its resources were exhausted and suggesting that Italy’s Coast Guard should take the migrants to Spain.

The Open Arms ship, run by a Spanish charity of the same name, has been stranded at sea for 18 days, with the charity saying that the migrants are distressed and in no condition to sail to Spain in such cramped conditions on board.

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said late on Monday Italy was ready to take all the migrants to a Spanish port, though it was not immediately clear if the offer was conditional.

“Spain should first, in its turn, take a step forward and immediately remove its flag from the (charity) ship,” Toninelli said in a comment on his Facebook page.

20th August 2019

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