>> We are here in between Malta and Italy and we are waiting here for the safe place for you, okay?>> After days stranded at sea, the prospect of another exhausting voyage for these migrants adrift in the central Mediteranean since Sunday. When both Italy and Malta shut their ports to the rescue ship, Aquarius.
Spain stepped in offering to take in the migrants who were picked up off the Libyan coast, but it's another four days sailing to the port of Valencia. Aid workers on board say bad weather is expected on the open seas in the coming days>> We could theoretically only do this kind of travel if we had very limited amount of people who can be hosted and accommodated inside the protected space.
So not be exposed on the open decks. Because the weather condition is expected to deteriorate significantly.>> Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, which operates the Aquarius, urged to rethink, put people's safety before politics with the plea or at least let them disembark for a while to recover. But that would require Italy's new populous government, which includes the Anti-immigrant League Party to relent.
It's leader, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says he wants to force other European states to take some of the strain. Italy has taken in more than 640,000 mainly African migrants over the past five years. And it's European neighbors have done little to share the cost, or take in newcomers.
Those tensions were highlighted Tuesday, when France accused Rome of being cynical, irresponsible and breaking international law.>>