Spain agrees to host ship with 629 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean
Image distributed by SOS Mediterráneo on June 11, 2018, showing migrants rescued by the ship Aquarius de la oenegé two days before
Spain accepted on Monday to welcome the ship stranded in the Mediterranean with 629 migrants, which both Italy and Malta refuse to receive, to avoid “a humanitarian catastrophe,” said the government of Pedro Sanchez.
Sanchez “has given instructions for Spain to comply with international commitments regarding humanitarian crises” and “will host the” Aquarius “ship in a Spanish port, in which more than 600 people are left to their own devices,” the statement said. of the government presidency.
“It is our obligation to help avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer ‘a safe harbor’ to these people,” said the text, stating that the port designated by Sánchez for the arrival is Valencia (east).
Chartered by the SOS Méditerranée NGO, the “Aquarius” rescued 629 migrants on Saturday, including seven pregnant women, 11 small children and 123 minors alone, but it is held on stand-by at sea in front of Italy and Malta. they refuse to give them access to any port.
In the midst of the bidding between the two countries, the UN refugee agency asked Italy and Malta to allow migrants to disembark immediately in their ports, warning that people on the vessel “are running out of supplies.”
The socialist Sanchez makes this gesture to little more than a week of having assumed the presidency of the government after unseating with a motion of censorship in Congress the conservative Mariano Rajoy.