Boat saves 60 migrants; Italy turns them away
A Spanish rescue boat plucked 60 migrants Saturday from a rubber dinghy held together with duct tape in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, igniting another political row between Italy and Malta over who should let the aid boat dock.
The vessel, run by Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms, said it rescued the migrants after it spotted the rubber boat floating in the sea.
Italy’s right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini quickly declared that the Spanish rescue boat “can forget about arriving in an Italian port” and claimed it should go to Malta. Malta swiftly pushed back.