Spain receives ship of immigrants after Italy and Malta refuse to receive them

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Spanish authorities on Saturday allowed a non-governmental organization vessel carrying more than 310 migrants to go to its territorial waters after Malta and Italy refused to receive them.

The Spanish authorities said in a statement: “The Coast Guard allows the ship to move into Spanish territorial waters because of the refusal or non-response of the nearest ports,” confirming that Libya, France and Tunisia did not respond to the request of the non-governmental organization to drop migrants after Italy refused to receive them.

According to a spokesman for the Spanish NGO “Proactiva Open Arms”, the 310 migrants rescued on Friday in the Mediterranean by the organization will spend the Christmas period at sea, taking their journey to Spain at least 5 to 6 days.

Among the migrants was a woman and her baby, who was born on the Libyan coast, and were later transferred to Malta via a Coast Guard helicopter after her authorities agreed that the woman was 23 years old.

“We are still with 310 people at sea, there is no place for them to dock and they need supplies,” the organization wrote on Twitter.

Italy’s right-wing interior minister, Matteo Salvini, announced earlier today that his country would close its ports to these immigrants.

“The answer is clear: the Italian ports are closed, the concert ends for human traffickers and for those who help them,” Salveni wrote on Twitter, adding that the Spanish organization had asked to allow Italy’s territorial waters to open to the ship carrying children, men, women and infants.

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