Desperate migrants aboard the Open Arms try to swim to the Italian shore – after Italy refuses to let them enter for two weeks. But the NGO that owns the ship says the six-day journey to Spain would be a humanitarian catastrophe.
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.
The Spanish government has offered rescue boat 'Open Arms' to dock in one of the Balearic Island ports. The invite comes a day after the charity vessel declined to disembark in Algeciras, citing an emergency on board.
The migrant rescue charity 'Open Arms' has rejected a Spanish government offer for its vessel to dock at a Balearic Island port. It was the second offer the group rejected, citing an "urgent" and "inhumane" situation.
Five EU member states have said they agree to receive the 104 migrants aboard the German charity rescue boat. The EU will schedule a special meeting in autumn to discuss possible migrant distribution mechanisms.
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