Italy has barred another migrant rescue ship from landing at the island of Lampedusa. The boat is carrying over 50 migrants pulled from the Mediterranean off Libya. Authorities say the Italian-flagged boat should take its human cargo to Malta.
The charity vessel's mission continued, as a second operation brought the total number of people rescued to more than 100. The boat is one of many carrying out such missions in the Mediterranean.
Italy has agreed to let the Ocean Viking disembark rescued migrants under a deal with EU states. The standoff comes as the EU seeks to strike a comprehensive agreement on migrant sharing at a meeting later this month.
Interior Minister Seehofer has made the gesture ahead of EU talks on migration later this month. The issue has been one of hot debate in recent years following a spate of arrivals in the Mediterranean.
A ceremony to mark Catalonia's national day honored the German captain of the rescue ship "Sea-Watch 3," who helped save the lives of 40 refugees. The medal was presented by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
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