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Maltese Coast Guard Takes In 11 Rescued Migrants From Spanish Trawler

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A Spanish trawler that had last week rescued 12 migrants in Libyan waters last week was recently given permission by the Maltese authorities to enter Maltese waters, the Malta Independent reported.

The migrants will dock in Malta and then sent to Spain. Proactiva Open Arms, an migrant-rescue NGO, reported that the trawler Nuestra Madre Loreto has completed the transfer to Maltese coastguard and “the 11 rescued people will disembark in safe Harbour Malta.” One migrant was evacuated for health reasons last Friday.

Malta, along with Italy, had initially refused to accept the boat because it had rescued the migrants in Libyan waters. The European Union countries, especially those in the Mediterranean, have been sharply at odds over who should take in migrants from North Africa.

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