Boat saves 60 mi­grants; Italy turns them away

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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