File photo: SOS MEDITERRANEE
Malta will keep the 120 migrants it rescued last night and will not attempt to distribute them among other EU countries, a government spokesperson has confirmed.
Last night, the Armed Forces confirmed it had rescued 120 people from Malta’s search and rescue region and was bringing them over to the island. No details of their nationalities have been disclosed as of yet.
Although Malta has taken in several migrants picked up by NGO rescue ships in recent months, most of these people ended up being distributed to other EU countries. However, there are currently no such rescue ships in the Mediterranean, after Malta and Italy clamped down on them and refused them entry to their ports.