>> Spain has quite literally come to the rescue for the 629 migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship currently drifting in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite urging from the UN under U, Italy and Malta refused to let it dock. On Monday Spain's new prime minister Pedro Sanchez instructed the eastern port of Valencia to take it in.
The Aquarius picked up the migrants from the weekend from inflatable boats off the coast of Libia. Over a hundred unaccompanied minors are aboard, as well as seven pregnant women. Spain's decision comes just in time. The boat has enough supplies to feed the migrants for around one more day.
It also ends a political stand-off. It was Italy's new Interior Minister, and far-right League leader, Matteo Salvini, who refused the Aquarius entry. Over the weekend he asked Malta to take it in, but his request was brushed off. Malta said it had nothing to do with the rescue. More than 600,000 migrants have Italy by boat from Africa in the past five years.
The far-right League party says the block is meant as a message to the EU for failing to help Italy deal with the migrant crisis.